If concerned emails and DMs are any indication, Atlantans have a soft spot for the Artmore Hotel and fear its recent closure, combined with crews removing exterior elements like HVAC systems, could signal its doom.
“It’s definitely shut down, and it looks like they’re removing anything they can, like it’s being demolished,” reads one recent inquiry.
Armchair preservationists can breathe easy: The 1920s landmark isn’t being razed. The new owners have closed the Artmore to begin a renovation in recent weeks they say will be an improvement.
Located at 1302 W. Peachtree Street, the building originally opened in 1924 as the Granada Apartments and was converted to hotel uses in 1984. Prior to closing, it was Midtown’s only independent boutique hotel, stylized with a Spanish-Mediterranean red tile roof, stucco façade, and open courtyard, according to the Hodges Ward Elliot real estate advisory firm, which arranged a $21.1-million sale of the hotel last year.
The new owners are Monomoy Property Ventures, a New York-based real estate investment, development, and management firm that’s acquired or developed 25 hotel projects with about 7,000 rooms in “enduring, high-barrier locations” around the U.S., according to its website.
MPV’s founder and managing partner, Kevin Vaughan, was traveling with family this week and couldn’t be reached by phone for details on what the 103-room Artmore may become—and when the renovation might wrap.
“It’s certainly not being demolished!” Vaughn wrote via email. “It will remain a hotel, much improved from [its] historical condition.”
More details will be available soon, Vaughn said.
In its previous state, the Artmore was unique in that more than half of its rooms featured either full kitchens or kitchenettes, in addition to a third floor with 25 bi-level suites.
Perks of its location include the Arts Center MARTA station across the street and Woodruff Arts Center and High Museum of Art behind that.
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