Atlanta's March 14, 2008 downtown tornado outburst smashed skyscraper windows. It was a strange night at our house.
We were "shoes-on" and ready to move. The sky was scary and beautiful. But all the action was downtown.
The Peachtree Plaza, by John Portman & Associates was for a while the worlds tallest hotel. They are replacing ALL the windows. They say that the replacement cost - not adjusted for inflation - is more than the original construction cost, of the whole building.
The flatiron shaped Crnegie Building lost a bit of it's cornice. You can see the vine decoration missing on the left side of the point. Architect G. Lloyd Preacher designed it as the Wynne-Claughton Building. They are converting this wonderful building into a hotel and fixing the tornado damage in the process.
What got me started on this post is the repair scaffolding on the Equitable Building (by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill) one of my favorite moderns in downtown Atlanta. You can see the scaffolding at the ceiling level of the mezzanine.
Thing is: They made the scaffold columns blend with the building. From the street they look like they belong.
I call that neighborly.
P.S. The Peachtree Plazza replaced the Henry Grady Hotel, also by G. Lloyd Preacher.
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