Atlanta’s historic Glenn Building is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The building has housed the 110-room Glenn Hotel, downtown Atlanta’s first boutique hotel, since 2006.
The building, located at the intersection of Marietta Street and Ted Turner Drive, was constructed in 1923. The site was originally the home of Major Hamilton Goode of the Confederate Army, and it was one of the few structures that survived Union General Sherman’s burning of Atlanta on his March to the Sea.
John Thomas Glenn, son of Luther Glenn, Atlanta’s mayor from 1858-1860, purchased the property in 1888. John T. Glenn was a lawyer who led Atlanta Steel for years and sat on the board of Coca-Cola. He became mayor of Atlanta a year after acquiring the property, where the Glenn Building would be built (and named after him) more than three decades later.
Architect Waddy B. Wood designed the Neoclassical Revival-style building.
The Glenn Building was saved from demolition by historical preservationists in 1986 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. In 2006, the building reopened as the Glenn Hotel, with the interior renovated and the exterior preserved. The hotel recently underwent a full renovation, which was completed in 2022.
Wm. Millard Choate, founder of Choate Construction and Packard Capital, acquired the building and hotel in 2018. Legacy Ventures manages the hotel’s overall operations and food-and-beverage components.
“The Glenn is interwoven into the fabric of Atlanta and symbolizes the pride and determination of this indefatigable city, spawned during an unprecedented era of development,” Wm. Millard Choate said in a press release. “I am personally thrilled to witness such an important part of Atlanta in excellent shape and providing such impeccable service now. We should certainly celebrate Atlanta’s first true boutique hotel and its contributions over the past 100 years – and look to its renaissance for the next 100 to come!”
The hotel features an acclaimed restaurant, Glenn’s Kitchen, which serves American comfort food with a southern flair, and a rooftop venue called SkyLounge.
Located right in downtown, the Glenn Hotel is right near State Farm Arena, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Centennial Olympic Park.