This month’s Around the Nation, Around the Corner branch tour takes us to Atlanta. Visitors to the state capital of Georgia are in for a real treat, as their visit will place them in one of the nation’s most dynamic and beautiful cities, with lots to do and see.
Just under 500,000 people live within the city limits of Atlanta. However, the Atlanta metropolitan area has over six million residents, which ranks it as the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the United States.
What all these locals love about Atlanta – beyond the World Series Champion Atlanta Braves – and its bountiful attractions begins and ends with the weather. With four distinct seasons each year, Atlanta offers a full range of outdoor activities that are never hampered by extreme hot or cold temperatures.
Situated among the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Atlanta’s elevation of 1,050 feet is the highest among all major U.S. cities east of the Mississippi River. The city has long been referred to as “The City in the Forest” since roughly 50% of the metro Atlanta area is covered by trees.
All those trees in Atlanta give the city a unique look and feel, and residents love the many parks, hiking trails, and scenic overlooks that blend seamlessly with the thick canopy of hardwood and softwood trees. Any day spent outside in Atlanta will be a fantastic day for tree lovers.
As with any major U.S. city, there are landmarks and architecturally significant buildings to see while in town. Let’s take a look at just a few of the must-see destinations on your next trip to Atlanta.
Georgia State Capitol Building
Work on Georgia’s state capitol began in 1884, and the building opened to the public in 1889. Today, it represents a landmark in the history of 19th-century American architecture.
The building was conceived to be an ideal seat of government for the “Capital of the New South”, which is the way Atlanta was referred to following the Civil War. The building’s design is inspired by the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, and for the Chicago architectural firm Edbrooke and Burnham, the Georgia capitol reflected their best efforts to create a lasting monument in the neoclassical style.
Visitors to the capitol are often drawn to the impressive collection of statuary and other monuments located in and around the building. The Georgia Capitol Museum, located onsite, is an excellent stop on any tour of the capitol building. There, visitors can enjoy the extensive collection of items and artifacts from Georgia’s natural and cultural history.
The High Museum of Art
From its origins in 1926 as Atlanta’s most important collection of art hosted within the elegant home of Mrs. Joseph M. High on Peachtree Street, today’s High Museum of Art is Atlanta’s crown jewel for art lovers. With an extensive collection of American art, European art, African-American art, as well as modern and contemporary art, along with its focus on Southern U.S. artists, the High Museum is a must-see destination.
The current home for the High Museum collection opened in 1983 and reflects the award-winning design of Richard Meier. Located in Atlanta’s midtown arts district, the High’s unique design invites visitors to stop and stare for a while before entering to enjoy the collected works housed there.
The Fox Theatre
Atlanta’s historic Fox Theatre is one of the city’s top venues for live entertainment. From touring Broadway shows to live music performances, the Fox has hosted them all.
The “Fabulous Fox” opened on Christmas Day, 1929. The sold-out crowd that attended the very first event at the Fox got to enjoy “Steamboat Willie”, Walt Disney’s first Mickey Mouse cartoon.
Visitors to the city who can’t catch a show at the Fox can still visit and take a tour of this one-of-a-kind venue. Tours are guided by dedicated employees who really enjoy providing little-known details about the theatre’s remarkable history.
World of Coca Cola
So look, maybe you really are a Pepsi person. There’s no shame in that. But when you come to Atlanta, you might want to at least act like you love the world’s most well-known beverage. Atlanta is a Coca-Cola town.
Located just a few blocks from where local pharmacist John Pemberton created the original Coca-Cola formula in 1886, the World of Coca-Cola museum is located at 121 Baker Street, right across the street from Atlanta’s Centennial Park. The museum is a must-visit for Coca-Cola lovers, with information about Coke’s secret formula and a chance to taste various formulas from different countries around the world.
Life is Good in Atlanta, Georgia
When you travel to Atlanta, you’ll see for yourself what locals already know about life here. “Southern Hospitality” is a real thing, and you’ll feel it when you’re out and about around the city, with folks on the street nodding and offering up a “howdy” or a “mornin’” or a “hey there”.
If you’re visiting from somewhere up north, you’ll immediately appreciate the temperate climate and especially the mild winters. For quite a few folks, one visit is all it takes to start seriously considering a more permanent relationship with Atlanta.
With Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport located just south of downtown, Atlanta is easily accessible from just about anywhere on earth. Living in Atlanta allows you to keep one foot grounded in a lovely local lifestyle while maintaining quick and easy access to global travel if that other foot gets itchy.
FSG – Proud to Call Atlanta Home
FSG’s Atlanta branch fits right in amid the hustle and bustle of a steadily growing business climate in Atlanta. Our Atlanta branch is working hard to expand its reputation for excellence in turn-key electrical services and comprehensive lighting solutions for both new and established businesses.
Our office is located just south of the city in Fayetteville, and we routinely provide industry-leading service to businesses and facilities of every size in the following communities:
- Greater Atlanta
- Atlantic Station
- Grant Park
- Johns Creek
Our completed projects list includes LED lighting retrofits, tenant improvement projects, shell build-outs, as well as electrical service jobs for facility owners and administrators all around Atlanta.
Our national lighting distribution business supports every lighting upgrade and retrofit project we undertake in Atlanta. Firmly established manufacturer relationships, matched with our logistics, warehousing, and shipping expertise, all combine to deliver lasting value to our customers.
With each new project, the FSG team in Atlanta is working hard to extend our roots deeper and wider within the Atlanta business community.
Service is Our Foundational Principle
FSG Atlanta is different from other electrical contractors in the area for one big reason – we offer remarkable, memorable, exceptional customer service.
We take our customer’s satisfaction personally. Our 24-hour service line is always available, and our customers have peace of mind knowing their emergency is our emergency, too.
When we look back on the list of our completed projects, we remember the times we delivered maximum value for our customers, when we truly helped them succeed in meeting their business goals.
Most importantly, we believe that our mission at FSG is to willingly contribute to the quality of life of our employees, customers, vendors, and to the community in which we live.
Every day at FSG Atlanta, we accomplish this mission through the delivery of truly exceptional service.
For lighting, electrical, facility disinfection, signage, and technology solutions that allow you to do more call FSG today at (877) 293-6689 or visit the FSG Atlanta page. To purchase lighting and electrical products, visit FSG Storefront.
Come Join the A-Team in Atlanta!
Thinking about living and working in Atlanta? At FSG, we recognize and reward talent.
Let your career be more than just a series of jobs. The journeyman electricians, master electricians, and project supervisors who make up FSG’s construction teams understand that the projects they complete are stepping stones along a pathway to a long and meaningful career.
If you like what you’ve heard about FSG and you desire a career in the electrical trade, visit our careers page, contact our recruiting department, and find out how you can get ahead while doing the best work you’ve ever done.