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The Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation 2007 annual conference “Exploring the Boundaries of Historic Landscape Preservation” will be held 11-14 April 2007, in Athens, Georgia. Abstracts that address the boundaries or the vanguard of preservation practice are especially encouraged.Abstracts for papers are due not later than Friday, 19 January 2007.

Based on last year’s first-time success with a poster session, this year there will be another opportunity to display a poster of historic landscape research works in progress or recently completed projects. If you are interested in displaying such a poster, please contact eamacdon@uga.edu by Friday, 19 January 2007.

For more information, please visit www.ahlp.org/docs/meetings.html.

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According to the January 27 – February 2, 2006 Atlanta Business Chronicle, developer John Williams has puchased three buildings across Peachtree Street from the Woodruff Arts Center:

“It is not known what Williams intends to do with the property – three contiguous parcels at 1285, 1293, and 1307 Peachtree St…

Developers note that the buildings – completed between 1955 and 1961 – would not demand rental rates comparable to neighboring properties and are likely to be demolished.”

While these buildings are not particularly distinguished, it is indicative of the ongoing threat of demolition for smaller, aging mid-century sites throughout Midtown Atlanta.

Portman building

It is worth noting that the 1293 Peachtree Street property has been attributed to the office of John Portman in the past (photo: Fulton County Tax Assessor’s office).

The Southern Garden Heritage Conference, sponsored by The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the UGA School of Environmental Design, and the Garden Club of Georgia, Inc. is scheduled for February 16-17, 2006 in Athens.

Of special interest to DOCOMOMO members and supporters is “Lessons Learned in the Stewardship of a Historically Significant Modern Garden” presented by the stewards of a James Rose garden in Columbus, Georgia. According to the conference announcement, it is the only known example of a Rose-designed garden in the South.

For more information: Call, write, or email The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, 2450 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, GA 30605, 706-542-1244, garden@uga.edu