391 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest Atlanta, GA 30305 +1 404 261 1776
This 24,000-square-foot (2230-square meter) modern mansion has been home to the state's governors since 1968, when the mansion was rebuilt in the Greek Revival style. The two-story home features a library and a ballroom that comfortably seats 150 for dinner. Furnishings and paintings are neoclassical and feature many collections from Georgia artists. The second floor is the family's private residence and includes a large suite for visiting dignitaries. The free tour is self-guided, although hosts are available in each room to explain items of special significance. A virtual tour is available on the website.
206 Washington Street Southwest Atlanta, GA 30334 +1 404 463 4536/+1 404 656 2846
Besides housing the governor's office and the state legislature, the Georgia State Capitol preserves and represents the state's rich and diverse history both inside and out. Named a National Historic Landmark in 1977, the Capitol is made of Indiana limestone and Georgia marble, with a golden dome that rises more than 240 feet (73 meters) from the rotunda floor. Free guided tours are available on weekdays. The Georgia State Museum of Science and Industry is housed on the first and fourth floors.
No one quite remembers when entrepreneur and artist Lil Friedlander renovated this 48,000 square feet (4460 square meters) former manufacturing plant into an art complex. She started out using the space as a studio for her own work, then opened it up to a few friends. Today, TULA houses numerous commercial showrooms including the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA), and shares space with numerous artist studios. A film and video operation leases an auditorium at the back of the building. Visitors are invited to meet the artists in residence, make purchases or simply bask in the creative aura.
Established in 1847, this mammoth cathedral has served as the seat of Atlanta's Episcopalian diocese for more that 150 years. The most peculiar aspect of the church's design is the Hall of Bishops, a 40-foot (12-meter) hexagon that features 11 circular paths that form a sort of labyrinth, meant to represent the pilgrimages of the Middle Ages. Tours of the facility are offered on Sunday mornings, or by appointment during the week. Services are also held daily throughout the week, with a special Spanish service on Sundays at 1:30p.
425 Peachtree Hills Avenue Suite 24 Atlanta, GA 30305 +1 404 869 0511
Gallery owner Timothy Tew is full of surprises. An artist in his own right, he stands as a local inspiration to anyone striving for success in the arts. His European-style art space is vibrant and ever-changing, specifically dedicated to showcasing the talents of upcoming artists. Tew Galleries has displayed fine contemporary paintings and sculpture by American, British, French, German and Mexican artists. Located in Buckhead's "Gallery Row," this gallery is an important and innovative focal point of Atlanta's commercial gallery district.
75 Bennett Street Northwest Tula Art Center, Space B-1 Atlanta, GA 30309 +1 404 605 0605
This gallery puts its focus on the work of the lens, displaying the creative expressions of some of the Southeast's most accomplished and promising photographers. The work of many local craftsmen are on permanent display, offering a spectacular artistic glimpse of the city. Many historical and panoramic views of Atlanta are featured in the collections. Exhibitions change regularly, so call ahead for a current schedule and list of upcoming events.
57 Forsyth Street Northwest Healey Building Atlanta, GA 30303 +1 404 221 1270
Although this small Buckhead gallery is dedicated to showcasing the work of disabled artists, the focus is squarely on the art, not the circumstances of its creator. Work in many mediums by a wide range of professional and promising artisans is on display, with many pieces for sale. Visit Arts for All Gallery for its uniqueness and inspiring artworks.
130 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest Atlanta, GA 30305 +1 404 814 4000
This comprehensive museum of Atlanta's past is located a few blocks from the Governor's Mansion in residential Buckhead. Exhibits cover the gamut of the region's history, including special sections on the Civil War, Southern folk crafts, African-American history, and the Civil Rights movement. The museum is surrounded by 33 acres (13.5 hectares) of gardens that feature the historic Swan House, the fully-restored Tullie Smith Farm, a library and archive, and several restaurants. Visitor maps are available in five languages.
384 Woodward Way Atlanta, GA 30305 +1 404 355 1009
This par-71 public course is named for one of golf's greatest legends and one of Atlanta's favorite sons. Owned and operated by the city of Atlanta, the course's trademark Bermuda greens have welcomed golfers from around Georgia since 1932. This isn't the most extravagant or challenging course you've played, but the Bobby Jones Golf Course features a pro shop, restaurant and putting green.
233 Peachtree Street Northeast Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30303 +1 404 521 6600/+1 800 285 2682
This agency is the city of Atlanta's primary public source for free tourist information. Visitors are invited to stop by this centrally-located facility, or browse the bureau's detailed website for up-to-the-minute information on attractions, sporting events, lodging, dining and other special events. Brochures, maps and a wealth of friendly advice are yours for the asking, just steps from most downtown hotels. Corporate visitors with an eye on hosting functions in Atlanta are encouraged to call and set up an appointment.
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