100 year old building in downtown Atlanta gets new life
I’ve always liked this cute little three-story building at 140 Peachtree Street, across from the central library downtown (a third story is underground). I’d read before that it was taller originally, but I had no idea that it was once eight stories high!
An article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle gives some history of the building and the story of the current tenants, Breen Smith Advertising LLC, who took a chance on it instead of going with a more traditional space in a more modern office tower.
Built in 1911 with eight stories, 140 Peachtree originally housed Hillyer Trust Company, one of Atlanta’s first banks. Until 1977, it held the distinction as “the narrowest high rise office building in the United States.”
That’s what I love about Atlanta history — I’m learning new things all the time. Take a look at the great photos that accompany the article.