sss Fairfield Inn & Suites Atlanta Downtown | Historical Building

 Connally Building, Atlanta, Georgia (1915)

At 54 Peachtree Street (corner of Alabama Street), adjacent to the Underground Atlanta retail center, stands the former site of the Connally Building, now known as the Fairfield Inn & Suites Atlanta Downtown.  Set in a historic building, this brand new hotel underwent a multi-million dollar transformation with 11 floors added to the five-story structure originally built more than a century ago.  The historic façade on the exterior was kept intact and incorporated into the boutique hotel’s unique design.  Several elements from the original structure complement the aesthetic of the historic hotel including the original iron staircase, located in the lobby.The Connally Building was designed by New York architect W. L. Stoddart, one of the greatest hotel designers of the period.  One of his most noted works is the landmark Georgian Terrace Hotel, located across the street from the Fox Theatre, and still in operation today.  Stoddart also designed the Winecoff Hotel, now known as the Ellis Hotel, site of the famous 1946 fire that killed 119 people.

Another historically significant point regarding the location goes back even further to the days of the American Civil War.  Before Sherman burned Atlanta, he sent spies in to burn a central building to mark the target for his cannons and artillery shells.  The spies set fire to the building on this spot in 1864.