Atlanta Preservation Center features Oglethorpe in historical site tour

Oglethorpe’s campus will once again be a part of the citywide event “The Phoenix Flies: A Celebration of Living Landmarks,” a celebration of Atlanta’s historical sites, led by The Atlanta Preservation Center.

Founded in 1979, the nonprofit promotes the preservation of Atlanta’s architecturally, historically and culturally significant buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes through education and advocacy.

In addition to being an event sponsor this year, Oglethorpe is a featured historical site, and will host a guided campus tour on Thursday, March 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Eli Arnold ’06, director of the Philip Weltner Library, will lead the tour, which starts out at Lupton and finishes with at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art’s exhibition Stories Without an End: Power, Beauty and Wisdom of Women in African Art of the Mehta Collection.

“I am looking forward to offering a glimpse into Oglethorpe’s history that pre-dates Atlanta and Brookhaven,” said Arnold. “We have such a rich history at Oglethorpe, I can’t wait to share it.”

The Phoenix Flies was formed by The Atlanta Preservation Center in 2003 to mark the 25th anniversary of the dramatic rescue of the Fox Theatre.  This year’s new landmarks include The DeKalb History Center, The Plaza Theatre, and the Hotel Clermont, among others.

The Phoenix Flies guided tours are free throughout Atlanta and run from March 2 – 24. Reservations are necessary for some sites.

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