Atlanta might be known as a city that tears things down instead of preserving rich history, but these signs prove there’s another side to that argument.
Curbed Atlanta has released a list of its most iconic signage all over Atlanta, with 15 marquees making the cut. Many of them date back at least half a century – some are nearly 100 years old. You can see all 15, in pictures, in the slideshow below.
But even with more than a dozen famous signs listed, some really important ones were left off.
(Also read: Atlanta’s new mascot is kind of a loser)
Some honorable mentions, in my opinion:
– Underground Atlanta
– The Olympic Rings
– The CNN Marquee
– The Colonnade
– Sweetwater Brewery
Any others you can think of? Leave me your thoughts in the comments below.
Note: for best viewing, click on the first photo and scroll through using your arrow keys.
The Coca-Cola sign that sits atop the Olympia Building is a replica of the sign that sat in Margaret Mitchell Square from 1948 to 1981. (flickr/Wally Gobetz)
Anyone from Marietta has used this landmark when giving directions to a friend or stranger. (flickr/Kevin Trotman)
Overlooking Georgia Tech, this tower is one of the most iconic landmarks of downtown Atlanta. (flickr/Christopher Octa)
The church where Martin Luther King, Jr. preached remains an iconic location of the Civil Rights movement. Curbed Atlanta says the sign was repaired in 2001 during renovations. (flickr/brixton)
One of the few signs on this list that can be seen from Interstate 75, visitors driving through downtown Atlanta are tempted by it daily. (flickr/Kevin Trotman)
The blue hog has adorned the brick wall since the 1950s. (flickr/FadderUri)
That crazy skull can only mean one thing – some of Atlanta’s best burgers are nearby. (flickr/Scott Beale)
‘Food that pleases since 1929’ says it all. (flickr/Jack Kennard)
Curbed Atlanta says this sign will be restored soon. LEDs will be added and rust will be removed from the marquee that has drawn visitors to the theatre since 1939. (Wikimedia Commons)
The sign on Ponce has been a sugary draw since 1965. (flickr/brixton)
The building has been abandoned for years, says Curbed Atlanta, but the sign continues to overlook Ponce. (flickr/Kevin Trotman)
Another of Atlanta’s famous signage that can be seen from the downtown Connector, this massive metal peach is seen by thousands every day. (Photo via cityfeet.com)
We could tell you about the Clermont, but some things are just better undiscussed. (Photo via carolineinthecityblog.com)
The two radio towers that were used by WSB in the station’s early days remain as one of the most iconic images in Atlanta. (flickr/Leslie Johnston)
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