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Atlanta’s Oldest Standing Skyscraper

by Chris Schroder

Looking at the impressive skylines of Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead in Atlanta, many people don’t know which building was the first to rise above the city. The oldest standing skyscraper, and the second erected in Atlanta, is the Flatiron Building, located Downtown overlooking from Woodruff Park.

Architect Bradford Gilbert designed our Flatiron, which predates the New York building by the same name, in 1897. Its steel frame and large street-level windows characterize this Chicago-style building.

Over 117 years later, the building, now on the National Register of Historic Places, is still home to bustling offices, restaurants, cafes and retail stores.

– Mark C. McDonald, Georgia Trust

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