Atlanta Academy of Medicine
The Academy of Medicine houses the oldest medical society in Atlanta, the Medical Association of Atlanta, and represents the prominence of the medical profession in the city as well as the determination of the society to provide the best medical services and facilities available. A classic example of Neo-Classical architecture, it was constructed under the supervision of R. Kennon Perry and his firm, Hentz, Adler, and Shutze, but the design is attributed to Philip T. Shutze. Known for his residential projects such as the Swan House, the Atlanta Academy of Medicine was one of Shutze's non-residential projects during his architectural career.
Backstory and Context
Over the past two decades, an emphasis on specialization within the medical profession, and increased access to medical information through hospital libraries and conferences reduced the demand for the use of the building. By the late 1970s, it was in disuse and disrepair. In 1981 the medical society leased the property to Atlanta Medical Heritage, Inc., a non-profit corporation responsible for raising funds and supervising a planned restoration of the building. The restoration, completed in 1983, adapted the building for the leasing of meeting and office space, as well as the use of the auditoriums