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Carnegie Building (Atlanta)

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Carnegie Building
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Carnegie Building in 2012, with Georgia-Pacific Tower in the background
Location within Downtown Atlanta
Carnegie Building (Atlanta) (Atlanta)
Carnegie Building (Atlanta) (Georgia (U.S. state))
Carnegie Building (Atlanta) (the United States)
Former namesWynne-Claughton Building (1925–1929)
Mortgage Guaranty Building (1929–1962)
General information
Architectural styleBeaux-Arts
Location141 Carnegie Way
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. 30345
Coordinates33°45′30″N 84°23′17″W / 33.7582°N 84.3881°W / 33.7582; -84.3881
Construction startedJuly 3, 1924
CompletedApril 11, 1925
Height154.3 feet (47.0 m)
Technical details
Floor count12
Design and construction
ArchitectG. Lloyd Preacher
Wynne-Claughton Building
NRHP reference No.12000148
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMarch 26, 2012
Designated AHBJuly 10, 1990

The Carnegie Building is a historic building located at 141 Carnegie Way in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Built in 1925 as the Wynne-Claughton Building, the 12-story building was designed by architect G. Lloyd Preacher. It was designated an Atlanta Historic Building in 1990 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.


The building, originally known as the Wynne-Claughton Building, was constructed in the 1920s to serve as the headquarters for the Wynne-Claughton Company, an Atlanta-based real estate firm created by Morgan T. Wynne and Edward N. Claughton in 1923. Construction of the building started on July 3, 1924 and was completed on April 11, 1925.[3] The building was designed by G. Lloyd Preacher, a prominent Atlanta-based architect who designed several now-historic buildings in Atlanta, including Atlanta City Hall and the Medical Arts Building.[4] After the completion of the building, Preacher relocated his architectural firm into one of the building's offices. Other early tenants in the building included the Oakland Motor Car Company and the Georgia chapter of the Knights of the KKK. In 1929, the building was renamed the Mortgage Guaranty Building. In 1963, the building was renamed to its current name: the Carnegie Building.[3] This may have been in reference to the Carnegie Library in Atlanta, which was located directly across the street from the building.

Carnegie Building (left), Ellis Hotel (right), and Peachtree Center station (middle)
Carnegie Building (left), Ellis Hotel (right), and Peachtree Center station (middle)

The building is located on a triangular-shaped tract of land bordered by Peachtree Street, Carnegie Way, and Ellis Street, which it shares with the Peachtree Center station and the Ellis Hotel (formerly known as the Winecoff Hotel). During the 1946 Winecoff Hotel fire, some people trapped in the nearby Winecoff Hotel attempted to jump across the 10-foot alley separating the two buildings, with many falling to their deaths as a result. Some people managed to escape the fire by climbing across makeshift bridges between the two buildings.[5][6]

In 1992, the building was purchased and renovated by a development company for $2.5 million.[7] In 2006, King & Spalding, an Atlanta-based law firm and major tenant in the building, left, causing the building to reach over 60% vacancy. Following this, the owners of the Carnegie repurposed the building for use as a boutique hotel.[8] On May 1, 2010, Hotel Indigo opened a location in the Carnegie.[9] Today, the building houses a Courtyard by Marriott.[10][11]

See also


  1. ^ Carnegie Building at Emporis
  2. ^ Courtyard Atlanta Downtown at Structurae
  3. ^ a b "Carnegie Building". Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  4. ^ Craig, Robert M. (January 11, 2008). "G. Lloyd Preacher (1882-1972)". New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  5. ^ "The Winecoff Fire - Our Nations Deadliest Hotel Fire". November 26, 2002. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  6. ^ Helmly, Shelly (November 10, 2015). "The Winecoff Hotel". The History of Our Streets. Georgia State University. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  7. ^ Meltzer, Mark (May 5, 1997). "Downtown buildings now a good bet, investor says". Atlanta Business Chronicle. American City Business Journals. Retrieved January 13, 2020.
  8. ^ Long, Bryan (March 13, 2006). "Renovations to transform downtown buildings". Atlanta Business Chronicle. American City Business Journals. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  9. ^ Schoolcraft, Lisa R. (February 1, 2010). "Indigo tucks in economic blues". Atlanta Business Chronicle. American City Business Journals. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  10. ^ Stafford, Leon (May 23, 2019). "Historic Candler Building begins new life as boutique hotel in July". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Cox Enterprises. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  11. ^ Stafford, Leon (March 11, 2016). "Hotels find prime locations in old offices". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Cox Enterprises. Retrieved January 13, 2020.

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