Docomomo US/Georgia showcases Modern-ness of MARTA


Michele Racioppi


Docomomo US staff


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On March 9, the Docomomo US/Georgia chapter once again showcased the Modern-ness of MARTA, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, during "MARTA-tecture," a tour offered by the chapter annually in conjunction with the Atlanta Preservation Center.

The MARTA-tecture tour explores the design of three MARTA train stations constructed between 1975 and 1982, during the initial phase of the transit system's development. Designed by some of the most prominent Atlanta-area architectural firms of the time, and featuring Brutalist stylistic influences and substantial public art, these stations were intended to be Modern design and engineering statement pieces for the city.

In many cases, the stations are also directly linked to surrounding notable examples of Modern and Post-Modern architecture, which the tour also highlights. Docomomo-GA hopes to increase appreciation of the stations' then-progressive architectural aesthetic, and their place in the development and design of Atlanta during the 1970s and 1980s.