#TBT: Peachtree Street at 12th, 1954

STK. The Oceanaire Seafood Room. Bank of America.

The intersection of Peachtree and 12th Street is one of the liveliest areas of Midtown Atlanta. Towers of glass and steel line both sides of Peachtree Street, and despite the traffic, this has become one of the hottest places to live, work and pass the time in our city.

But as you can see in the photo at the top of this page, it looked mighty different 61 years ago.

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This image, looking south toward downtown, shows just how rapidly Midtown went from tiny little shops to enormous high-rises. As the Atlanta Time Machine notes, this area looked largely the same in the early 1970s, too.

None of the buildings in the 1954 photo still stand, with a few possible exceptions that are barely visible in the picture down around 7th to 9th Streets, like the Peachtree Lofts building,” wrote the Atlanta Time Machine.

Here’s how the intersection looks today:

Peachtree Street and 12th Street Atlanta

Both images via Atlanta Time Machine; 1954 image also via Georgia State University Library Archives