Last week, I went on a tour of City Hall East, a building that used to be a major hub for Sears for many years, and is now the future site of Ponce City Market. I was lucky enough to snag a few tickets that were made available on their website [tours are free, but tickets are hard to come by]. Seeing as this major undertaking is just three blocks from my house, I needed to see things for myself. It's a project that will dramatically affect my neighborhood, so it's really exciting for me to learn as much as I can about it. This behemoth of a building has stood there, quietly looming for years, so it will be really captivating to see such a massive transformation and witness some life breathed into this Atlanta landmark.
I'm not going to lie, I was pretty pumped to wear a hard hat and walk around, though the head gear seemed fairly unessential once we got inside. There's also the fact that they had me sign a waiver, basically stating that if I fell down an elevator shaft or was flung off the side of the building, they weren't liable for anything, making the hardhat more of a novelty.
I took over 200 photos during my two hour tour, so I think I'll do a series of posts introducing this place to you. I find the history behind the building as well as it's future completely fascinating, and I think you will too. So for now, here's a brief photo story of the very start of my tour. I can't wait to share the rest of it with you!