Peachtree Center is a district located in Downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Most of the structures that make up the district were designed by Atlanta architect John C. Portman, Jr.. A defining feature of the Peachtree Center is a network of enclosed pedestrian sky bridges suspended above the street-level, which have garnered criticism for discouraging pedestrian street life. The district is served by the Peachtree Center MARTA station, providing access to rapid transit.
Intended to be the new downtown for Atlanta, Peachtree Center emerged as a distinct district in the early 1970s as a networked realm of convention hotels, shopping galleries, and office buildings a quarter-mile north of Five Points. Peachtree Center is notable for its uniform embodiment of the modern architectural style popular at the time. Yet the defining feature of Peachtree Center is its insular orientation, which allows patrons and workers to avoid interacting with the street level by traversing the area through sky bridges. By the mid-1980s, Peachtree Center had become the core of a dedicated hotel-convention district that lay at the heart of the Downtown economy, even as the remainder of Downtown Atlanta deteriorated markedly.
While at the time Peachtree Center was considered the salvation of a decaying downtown Atlanta, contemporary city planning is highly critical of such insular environments that "turn their back" on the city streets. Thus, as intown Atlanta began its post-1990 resurgence, Peachtree Center was increasingly criticized as an area that epitomized contemporary Atlanta's generic urbanity and sense of placelessness. Other critics claim that Peachtree Center is disorienting, killed downtown street-life, and disregarded the existing urban context.
|Peachtree Center Tower
230 Peachtree Street
|116 m (381 ft)||31 floors||1965|||
|Peachtree Center North (Gas Light Tower)
235 Peachtree Street
|101 m (331 ft)||27 floors||1968|||
|Peachtree Center South
225 Peachtree Street
|101 m (331 ft)||27 floors||1970|||
|Hyatt Regency Atlanta||104 m (341 ft)||24 floors||1967|||
233 Peachtree Center NE
|116 m (381 ft)||31 floors||1974|||
|Peachtree Center International Tower (Cain Tower)
229 Peachtree Street NE
|115 m (377 ft)||30 floors||1976|||
245 Peachtree Center NE
|115 m (377 ft)||30 floors||1985|||
285 Peachtree Center NE
|115 m (377 ft)||30 floors||1989|||
|Peachtree Athletic Club
227 Courtland Street NE
|Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel
210 Peachtree Street NW
|220.5 m (723 ft)||73 floors||1976|
|Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Avenue NE
|169 m (554 ft)||52 floors||1985|
|Various Heights||1961, 1979, 1992, 2008|
303 Peachtree Street NE
|265 m (869 ft)||60 floors||1992|
|American Cancer Society Center
250 Williams Street NW
The U.S. Census Bureau has its Atlanta Regional Census Center in Suite 1000 in the Marquis Two Tower. Several additional U.S. Government agencies have their southeast regional offices located in the Harris Tower, including the Department of Transportation, Department of Labor, Small Business Administration, and Internal Revenue Service.
The Consulate-General of Argentina is located in Suite 2101 in the Marquis One Tower. The Consulate-General of Germany is located in Suite 901 of the Marquis Two Tower. The Consulate-General of South Korea is located in Suite 500 in the International Tower.
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