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Atlanta’s Prominent Architect


Despite his short life and career, Neel Reid is remembered today as one of Atlanta’s most famous architects.

Neel’s career kicked off in 1909 when he moved back to Atlanta after studying architecture at Columbia University. He and Hal Hentz worked as Hentz and Reid, known for their Beaux-Arts style, and designed buildings including the Paramount Theater, Swan House and Rich’s. Neel’s work also includes a number of homes, many in Buckhead.

Neel was just 40 when he died of brain cancer in 1926. Today, seven of his surviving buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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