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Did You Know: Little Known Facts About The Fox Theatre Historic Triangle
The historic Fox Theatre triangle consists of 3 buildings: The Fox Theatre, The Georgian Terrace Hotel and The Ponce Condominiums.
The Fox Theatre (1929):
The discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922 launched a worldwide fascination with Egyptian décor. The results can be seen interwoven with the Moorish décor of the Fox.
The Fox Theatre was one of the earliest air conditioned buildings in the country, even preceding the White House.
To build the Fox Theatre today would cost more than $300 million.
The Georgian Terrace Hotel (1911):
The original Hotel was designed to conform to Atlanta’s early trolley rail lines (see below).
It was one of the first hotels built outside of the city’s downtown business district in a then residential neighborhood.
On December 15, 1939, the Georgian Terrace Hotel’s Grand Ballroom was the site of the
Gone with the Wind
Gala, whose attendees included Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier, Olivia de Havilland and Margaret Mitchell.
Livingston’s Restaurant and Bar and Mims Café, were both named after early Atlanta Mayor Livingston Mims, who had built his house in 1879 on the corner where the hotel now stands.
The Ponce Condominiums (1913):
The Ponce was Atlanta's first high-rise luxury apartment, in a neighborhood that was mostly mansions, and had Atlanta’s first rooftop Penthouse apartments.
Initially, large apartments rented for as little as $200/month for the 9 room version. Bachelor apartments could be had for as little as $25/month.
The Ponce was designed by William Stoddart, who also designed The Georgian Terrace Hotel a few years earlier. The recent streetscape improvement (currently in progress) uncovered the original trolley rail line at Peachtree St. & Ponce de Leon.
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