Buckhead’s Kimpton Sylvan Hotel wins historic preservation award

Buckhead’s Kimpton Sylvan Hotel is among the winners of a prestigious statewide historic preservation award.

The hotel, which opened last year, is a rehabilitation of the former Paces Ferry Tower, a 1951 apartment building at 374 East Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead Village. The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation at an April 23 event named the hotel as a winner of an “Excellence in Rehabilitation Award.”

The honor is part of the Georgia Trust’s annual Preservation Awards. The rehabilitation category recognizes “projects that make compatible use of a building through repair, alterations or additions while preserving features of the property that convey its historic value.”

The Kimpton Sylvan Hotel in Buckhead Village. Photo by Rob Knight

The honor puts the hotel on a 2022 list alongside such resources as the Fox Theatre’s “Mighty Mo” organ and Atlanta Public Schools’ Midtown High School. For a full list of winners, see the Georgia Trust’s website.

Paces Ferry Tower was built in the International Style and was briefly the tallest structure in Buckhead, according to the Georgia Trust. Its architect was James C. Wise, who built several Buckhead mansions, including the 1938 Meredith House at 417 Hillside Drive in the Chastain Park neighborhood, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Wise is also credited with a 1960s renovation of the Swan Coach House at the Atlanta History Center.

Among the hotel’s preservation and rehabilitation efforts were restoring historic aluminum windows and maintaining the extensive landscaping around the property.

Kimpton is a California-based boutique hotel brand owned by InterContinental Hotels Group, a British company whose headquarters for the Americas is in Dunwoody.