Phoenix Flies annual tour of historic places for the month of March

The Atlanta Preservation Center is hosting its 18th Annual Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Atlanta Historic Sites March 6-28. However, due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event will be smaller and look a little different from previous celebrations.

For 2021 there will be a mix of in-person tours – mostly outdoors and according to CDC social distancing protocols – as well as virtual tours and presentations, both recorded and live. Some partners offer both a personal and a virtual option.

Part of the Atlanta History Center’s Any Great Change exhibit on women’s suffrage, which will be part of the Phoenix Flies 2021 program. (File)

The three-week event, celebrating the cultural and historical resources of Atlanta, will feature over 50 participating Preservation Partners, offering nearly 100 separate events, including guided walking tours of historic neighborhoods and boroughs, cemeteries, parks, gardens and battlefields. Lectures on history, monument preservation and rehabilitation as well as photography and open house and guided tours of house museums, churches, history centers / libraries and local attractions.

In-person events this year include the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s new tour of the Goodrum House garden led by landscape architect Spencer Tunnell. Two events that debuted with the 2020 Phoenix Flies but have been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns are returning and include the Atlanta History Center’s exhibition on women’s suffrage and the Salvation Army Southern Historical Center at Evangeline Booth College.

Recorded virtual tour options include the Atlanta Daily World building on Auburn Avenue; Historic Peachtree Center neighborhood in downtown; St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Grant Park; the neighborhoods of Summerhill, Blandtown, and Candler Park; Plaza Theater in the Poncey Highlands; the 1918 DeKalb County Courthouse; and several rehabilitation / adaptation projects.

Virtual lectures and presentations, a mix of live and recorded events, include the UGA’s Hargrett Library exhibit on convict labor in Georgia, the Rialto Center’s 100-year retrospective film, a story from Oglethorpe University, the story of South Downtown and the current renovation, a forum for information on current maintenance projects in the metropolitan area of ​​Atlanta, tips on maintaining old houses, an overview of the Atlanta Studies Network and historical overviews of the US currency and photography of the civil war.

All events are free to the public, however reservations or registrations are required for some events. Please see this link for more information. You can find this year’s program here.

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