Restoration underway after wall collapse at former Masquerade site

Work is underway today, Feb. 25, on rebuilding the collapsed east wall of the former Excelsior Mill on North Avenue. (Photo by Collin Kelley)

Work crews are restoring and repairing a collapsed wall at Excelsior Mill, former home of The Masquerade music venue, as the site’s transformation into office space continues.

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. The east wall of the main mill building collapsed on Dec. 27 during excavation work at the site.

According to a media statement, the developers are working closely with the Atlanta Urban Design Commission and the Atlanta Department of City Planning to stabilize and restore the historic structure.

Further inspection of the accident revealed extensive damage to the interior of that section of the wall sustained over the years. Construction crews have now reinforced the remaining wall to limit further damage.

Under the guidance of structural engineers, construction crews have begun removing the loose stones and segments of the wall on the north and south sides. This work is being done in preparation for the restoration of the east wall.

The partnership will seek permits from the city  in the coming weeks to begin the restoration. There is currently no timeline for the work will be completed pending the permitting process.

“We knew from the beginning we were going to restore the building. We spent considerable time and energy to ensure we could do it correctly and with the support of historic preservation groups and the city,” said Robert Fransen, Managing Partner, Coro Realty. “We are now ready to move forward with rebuilding the east wall and completing The Mill’s adaptive reuse.”

“The Atlanta Preservation Center has advocated for the Excelsior Mill’s protection for years, and we are very grateful for Southeastern Capital Companies and Coro Realty’s dedication to the stewardship of this building,” said David Y. Mitchell, the director of operations with the Atlanta Preservation Center. “This project has produced unique challenges, and the sincere focus of all parties involved exhibits the courage and commitment we need for preservation.”

Formerly home to The Masquerade, the historic site is being transformed into new office space called The Mill.