The Atlas Building
Renovation of 1905 Frank Packard Building in downtown Columbus
The Atlas Building, built in 1905 as the Columbus Savings and Trust Building, was designed by noted Columbus architect Frank Packard. Schooley Caldwell designed the long anticipated renovation of the historic building, which has retail space at street level and 98 residential units on floors 2-12.
The preservation/restoration of the original features and character of the building was a guiding principle from the inception of the project. The spaces were conscientiously designed to take full advantage of the original Packard design, while providing amenities conducive to comfortable urban living. The renovation also included new building systems (HVAC, electrical, sprinklers, etc.), upgraded elevators, and brought the building into compliance with ADA and building code regulations.
One of the most striking features of the building is the Long Street lobby. The stately origins of the Atlas Building are revealed in the elegantly carved grand stair, the intricate plaster and paint work at the ceiling, the ornate brass finishes of the elevators, and the abundant use of marble.