Interior Urbanism: Exploring John Portman’s Hotel Atriums, Office Complexes & Sky Bridges

May 9, 2018, 6:00-8:30 p.m.

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Explore the hotels, office plazas and sky bridges that put Atlanta on the architectural map.

Join us for a tour of select Downtown Atlanta buildings designed by architect-developer John Portman. Led by Portman aficionados Dean Baker and Dennis Lovello, the tour includes unique offices, vibrant public spaces and the ground-breaking atrium design of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Guests will also tour the innovative designs of the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel and Sun Trust Plaza.

Tour Highlights:

Peachtree Center
Also known as the “Rockefeller Center of Atlanta,” this groundbreaking mixed use development changed the urban fabric of Peachtree Street. Learn about its storied evolution.

Hyatt Regency
Explore the hotel’s soaring atrium and bubble elevators.

Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel
Once one of the world’s tallest hotels, this 72-story cylindrical structure makes an exclamation point on Atlanta’s skyline. Learn about the evolution of the hotel, ride the elevator high into the sky, and enjoy jaw-dropping views from the Sundial restaurant and cocktail lounge.

Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel
Perhaps the most architecturally dramatic of Portman’s atrium designs, the 52-story atrium soars to 515 feet. Ride one of the elevators for a thrilling experience as you view the vast atrium.

SunTrust Plaza
SunTrust Plaza is a post-modern feat of architecture that anchors the north end of Peachtree Center. Explore “The Great Hall Lobby” that rises 60 stories while admiring Portman’s original art and sculptures and learn about the “exploding column,” one of Portman’s signature design features.

Sky Bridges
Stay cool and walk above the hustle and bustle of the streets below via a few of the 26 sky bridges that connect Portman’s structures.


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Cocktail Reception

Immediately following the tour, The Georgia Trust will host a cocktail reception.

Your ticket includes one free cocktail, beer or wine.


Event Day

Meet us outside at the Peachtree Center Plaza, 229 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. If you’re taking Marta, get off at the Peachtree Center Station.