About The Metropolitan
Let me tell you a little about myself. I’m not your ordinary building. No, the story of my beginnings is as rich and fertile as the Georgia soil. My history rooted in tradition, architecture, and art.
I was built by Asa Candler, co-found of The Coca Cola Company, during WWI as a way to aid struggling farmers by allowing them to store their surplus cotton with me until it could be sold at a fair price. The farmers could also use this inventory as collateral for borrowing money at low-interest rates to help tide them over.
In time Southeastern Industries Inc. acquired me. They quickly transformed me into a bustling Commercial Warehouse Complex with major companies such as GE, Genuine Parts Co., Sawan Inc, Buick Motors, Rich’s, The Zumber Lumber, Firestone Tires, Frigidaire Sales Corp., The Atlanta Journal, H.J. Heinz, and Goodrich, all establishing offices behind within my walls. I came to be known as the Southeastern Industrial District, the fastest developing industrial center in the south. It was a glorious time, filled with excitement. Little did I know a shadow was about to fall over me.
Due to a drastic dip in the economy, I fell into foreclosure. I sat abandoned for years, neglected and vandalized. No one wanted to take on the challenge a 1,100,000 square foot property had to offer. I couldn’t blame them. Who could look at me, a shell of my former self, and see the potential? I knew I could be great again, with a little help and a lot of love. I was build for to serve this city and I had a lot more to give, but without a voice, I was lost to neglect. I had almost given up hope when my new owner unlocked my gates. I could see the excitement in his eyes. This was a man with a vision.
Together we set out to combine visions of my previous owners into one spectacular complex. We continue to offer great rates so businesses can grow and thrive while adding jobs to our community. I know Asa Candler would have wanted that. And we’re still the ideal space for commercial businesses too, but my new owner wanted more. He wanted art, he wanted life, and he wanted laughter. So I became The Metropolitan, the hidden Jewel of the Historic West End of Atlanta. A place where artists can practice their crafts, businesses can take shape, and families can live.
You see, I’m not your ordinary building. No, the story of my beginnings is as rich and fertile as the Georgia soil. My history rooted in tradition, architecture, and art.