Georgia-Pacific Tower

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Georgia-Pacific Tower
Georgia pacific building atlanta 01.jpg
General information
Location133 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia
Coordinates 33°45′28″N 84°23′15″W / 33.7577°N 84.3875°W / 33.7577; -84.3875
Latitude and Longitude:

33°45′28″N 84°23′15″W / 33.7577°N 84.3875°W / 33.7577; -84.3875
Construction started1979
Roof212.45 m (697.0 ft)
Technical details
Floor count52
Design and construction
Architect Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
[1] [2] [3]

Georgia-Pacific Tower is a 212.45 m (697.0 ft), 1,567,011 sq.ft [4] skyscraper in downtown Atlanta. It contains 52 stories [5] of office space and was finished in 1982. Before the six-year era of tall skyscrapers to be built in Atlanta, it was Atlanta's second tallest building from 1982 to 1987. During that time period the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel was the tallest building in Atlanta. It has a stair-like design that staggers down to the ground, and is clad in pink granite quarried from Marble Falls, Texas.

The tower is on the former site of the Loew's Grand Theatre, where the premiere for the 1939 film Gone with the Wind was held (133 Peachtree St. NE, near intersection of Peachtree and Forsyth streets). The theatre could not be demolished because of its landmark status; it burned down in 1978, clearing the way for the tower.

The architectural firm that designed it was Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. The general contractor who constructed the project was a joint venture of J.A. Jones Construction Company's Atlanta office and the H.J. Russell Company, also of Atlanta. The tower is the world headquarters of Georgia-Pacific. Other tenants include consulting firm McKinsey & Company and the downtown branch of the High Museum of Art, which opened in 1986.[ citation needed]

On March 14, 2008, the tower sustained minor damage when a tornado tore through downtown Atlanta. A number of windows were blown out. It was the first tornado to hit the downtown area since weather record keeping began in the 1880s. [6]

The Consulate-General of the United Kingdom is located in the building. [7] The building served as a filming location for the 1985 action film Invasion U.S.A. starring Chuck Norris and Richard Lynch, in which it served as the setting for the final battle between the U.S. Army and the army of international terrorists.

See also


  1. ^ Georgia-Pacific Tower at Emporis
  2. ^ "Georgia-Pacific Tower". SkyscraperPage.
  3. ^ Georgia-Pacific Tower at Structurae
  4. ^ "Georgia-Pacific Center". CrediFi. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  5. ^ Sams, Douglas (2015-04-30). "Koch Industries invests in Atlanta's iconic Georgia Pacific Center tower".
  6. ^ Tim Eberly; Paul Shea (March 15, 2008). "Tornado Kills, 2 Pummels Downtown". Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Retrieved 7 February 2011.
  7. ^ " British Consulate-General - Atlanta Archived 2009-07-21 at the Wayback Machine." United Kingdom in the United States. Retrieved on July 28, 2009.

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