Taking You Places You Have Never Been Before


CIRCA is an auxiliary educational group of APC that offers monthly behind-the-scenes tours of select historic sites in Atlanta and nearby areas.


CIRCA LogoWe see sites both before renovation begins and after the final touches have been completed.

Usually scheduled for the second Tuesday evening of the month March through December, CIRCA will take you places you have never been before.  Come explore with us!

To join CIRCA, you need be a member of the Atlanta Preservation Center. Please visit Membership to join both the APC and CIRCA.

To view previous CIRCA events, please visit its message board.




CIRCA's November Meeting: 


On November 14, CIRCA will reprise its popular tour of Hartsfield-Jackson Airport in order to accommodate members who were unable to attend the tour conducted in August, which was over-subscribed.

Date:  Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Time:    9:45 am--Program begins at 10:00 am

Meeting Location:  North Terminal.  The specific location will be provided to members who reserve a place.

Reservations required:  Due to limited space on the tour bus, attendance is limited to 30 members, including 15 members on the August tour wait list, who have been given priority.    Unfortunately, guests cannot be accommodated.  To make a reservation, please email John Welch at johnmwelch@comcast.net  not later than Friday, November 2, providing the following information:

  1. Names of members attending, including middle names (an airport security requirement)
  1. Contact email and mobile phone number             

 If the meeting is over-subscribed, CIRCA will select attendees by lottery and establish a waiting list.

Transportation and Parking:   Attendees are encouraged to use MARTA, which has a station inside the terminal near the meeting location.  For those driving, the City Aviation Department will provide complimentary parking in the North Terminal hourly garage.  Details concerning transportation and parking will be provided to attendees prior to the meeting.


The history of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest, began in 1925, when the City of Atlanta leased a former automobile racetrack owned by Asa B. Candler and, commencing the following year, began limited airmail and passenger service.  Since its days as Candler Field,  "ATL" has  grown FROM 287 to 4,700 acres by acquiring surrounding countryside, businesses and residential property needed to accommodate 2,700 daily arrivals and departures on 5 runways.

Author and urban designer Hannah Palmer has spent much of her life in the path of the ever-expanding airport.  In Flight Path: A Search for Roots Beneath the World's Busiest Airport, she recounts her experiences and those of others in communities that have been swallowed up (Mountain View) or dramatically affected (Hapeville, Forest Park, College Park) by the airport's continual need for additional space.   Hannah will give us a brief presentation, then join us for a two-hour bus tour of the airport provided by the City of Atlanta Aviation Department.  The tour will visit a number of sites within the airport, focusing on its history and development, the stories of Delta, Eastern Airlines and other carriers closely connected to the airport and the city's plans for the airport's future. 

LINK:  A Goodreads review of Flight Path can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31416340-flight-path

FEE:  Free for members.  Guests cannot be accommodated due to limited space.

Photo from August 2018 CIRCA meeting at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport