Scarlett and Rhett Greeted Fans Here
By Doc Lawrence
The year-long anniversary celebration for 2011 kicked off with a VIP luncheon at the hotel. Retired journalist Joseph Gatins, whose family built the hotel and owned it for decades and who spent his childhood living in the hotel with his family spoke to civic and media guests detailing his family history and recollections of the hotel in his book entitled “We Were Dancing on a Volcano.”
Opened in 1911, the Georgian Terrace helped establish Atlanta as the birthplace of the New South, and a destination for travelers worldwide. New York architect William L. Stoddart designed the 10-story, butter-colored brick structure in French Renaissance style with turreted corners, one-story Palladian windows, white marble columns, elliptical staircases and Italian tiled floors. It was hailed as the city’s “Paris hotel” and marked Atlanta’s growing sophistication.
The Georgian Terrace’s long relationship with the “Fabulous” Fox Theatre across fabled Peachtree Street bonds its deep ties to the performing arts. In yesteryear, such superstars as opera legend Enrico Caruso, Hollywood legends Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Leslie Howard and Tallulah Bankhead, plus President Calvin Coolidge, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Enrico Caruso and legendary actor Clark Gable enjoyed its grace and convenient location. Today, any number of celebrities like George Clooney and Betty White can be seen in the lobby and gourmet restaurant.
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