The Threat: The Georgia Tech Foundation purchased the Crum and Forster Building in 2007 in order to expand nearby Technology Square. In May 2008 the Foundation applied for a Special Administrative Permit to demolish the building.
The Solution: After several well attended public meetings and the circulation of a petition signed by over 2000 people opposing the building’s demolition, Atlanta’s Bureau of Planning denied the Georgia Tech Foundation’s request. Recently the Crum and Forster Building was nominated as a local landmark building, which would further protect it from demolition. Both actions currently are under appeal.
Update: At its August 17, 2009 meeting, the Atlanta City Council voted 14 - 0 to adopt an ordinance making the Crum and Forster Building a local landmark building. This ordinance needs to be signed by Mayor Shirley Franklin in order to become law.
The owner of the building, the Georgia Tech Foundation has applied for a demolition permit to tear down this Italian Renaissance Revival building on Spring Street. It was designed by Atlanta Architect Lewis C. Crook, Jr and by the New York architectural firm, Helme, Corbett & Harrison in 1926. This New York firm designed Rockefeller Center and worked on the United Nations Building and other notable structures.
The Georgia Trust would like to thank Philip Covin, Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the Atlanta Preservation Center and the hundreds of citizens who have spoken out against the demolition of this significant historic building.