The Georgian Terrace Hotel History
The Georgian Terrace Hotel near the Fox Theatre is an iconic hotel in Midtown Atlanta
To be great, a city must have a great hotel, a grand hotel. When Atlanta was coming into its own in the early 20th century that hotel was The Georgian Terrace. With its floor-to-ceiling windows, crystal chandeliers and white marble columns, The Georgian Terrace had an elegance Atlanta hadn't known before. When the Midtown Atlanta hotel opened its glamorous doors nearly a century ago, it opened them to some very notable guests, including President Calvin Coolidge, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Tallulah Bankhead. In 1939, The Georgian Terrace hosted the premiere gala of Gone with The Wind. Every decade brought more notoriety to the hotel. In the 1970s, concert promoter Alex Cooley turned our Grand Ballroom into the famed Electric Ballroom, hosting concerts by musicians such as Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, and Patti Smith.
- The hotel opened
for business in October 1911.
- Arthur Murray
started teaching dance lessons in the ballroom when he was a student at Georgia
Tech in 1918. He had been teaching at Castle Studios in New York, but he
began teaching under his own name at the hotel.
- The premiere of Gone
with the Wind was in Atlanta in 1939. All of the stars and the
Director of the movie (with the exception of Vivien Leigh and her lover at the
time, Lawrence Olivier) stayed at the Georgian Terrace. The pre-premiere
party was held here at the hotel.
- Opera Star,
Enrico Caruso, stayed here in 1913 while he was performing with the
Metropolitan Opera in Atlanta.
- Walt Disney
stayed at the hotel in 1946 when his movie, Song of the South, premiered
at the Fox Theatre.
- In 1970, Alex
Cooley’s Electric Ballroom opened in the Georgian Terrace and was host to Bruce
Springsteen, the Ramones, Patti Smith, the Pretenders, Kiss and Billy Joel.
- Notable guests
include, Helen Keller, Walt Disney, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Presidents Calvin
Coolidge and Warren Harding, Tallulah Bankhead, Charles Lindbergh, Elvis Presley
and Rudolph Valentino.
- Now we are host
to cast and crew for many of the major motion pictures that are being filmed in
Atlanta. We also have had many of the major motion pictures filmed in the
- We are in the business of making memories. We do approximately 100 weddings a year, and it keeps growing.
As Atlanta modernized its skyline many of its older buildings disappeared, but not TheGeorgian Terrace Hotel. As did the nearby Fox Theatre, this beautiful historic hotel had dedicated fans, and in 1986, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.