Wall collapses at former Masquerade during redevelopment work

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Photos by Collin Kelley

What Now Atlanta was the first to report this morning’s wall collapse at this historic Excelsior Mill, former home to The Masquerade nightclub and concert venue.

The 118-year old structure on North Avenue in Old Fourth Ward is being redeveloped as an office complex called The Mill by Southeastern Capital Companies and Coro Realty.

An eyewitness said construction crews were reportedly digging around the foundation when the eastern stone wall of the building collapsed.

The developers released this statement Friday afternoon:

“Today, Coro Realty and Southeastern Capital learned the eastern wall of the Excelsior Mill on North Avenue has collapsed. We are in the process of discovering what exactly happened, but preliminary information leads us to believe it was related to excavation work being done on site in accordance with the structural engineers’ specifications. No one was injured. It will take some time to assess the damage and figure out the best way forward. We are aware of the historic nature of these structures and have taken many precautions to protect them while we renovate and restore them.”