#TBT:The Biltmore Hotel, 1961

This week’s edition of #ThrowbackThursday takes us to the heart of Atlanta, where the Biltmore Hotel is located.

The image above was taken at the intersection of Fifth and Spring streets in 1961, according to the Atlanta Time Machine.

The famous hotel opened in April 1924 and served as a hotel and residence until 1982. It is now office space, but for several decades, it was the height of luxury in the A-T-L.

(More: See how the Fox Theatre site looked in 1864)

William Candler, son of Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler, funded the construction of the Biltmore, which cost $6 million, according to the National Park Service. WSB broadcast inside the building for more than 30 years, the NPS also said, and those iconic towers atop the hotel were used to transmit the signal.

Now, Fifth and Spring is part of the Georgia Tech campus, and each side is lined with shops and restaurants for the students. There are now trees and far fewer pesky electric wires on each side of the road, which makes the area look even more refined than in 1961.

Here’s how the area looks now, via Google Maps:

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Main image via Atlanta Time Machine

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