As Brookhaven makes its way to cityhood, one thing that needs to be considered is where all the new city officials, like the mayor and city council, will do their work. Every city needs a city hall and Brookhaven will be no different. At first, the new city may operate out of temporary leased space, but eventually a more permanent space will be needed.
Stephen Fuller of Stephen Fuller Designs has rendered a design for a permanent Brookhaven city hall. He has a local connection: he used to live in Brookhaven, though he now lives in Dunwoody.
For the site of his design, he used the site of the old Harris Teeter grocery store across from the Brookhaven MARTA station.
"We were asked to envision what that space could look like and what the building could be. Brookhaven is...architecturally, over there, there's so many beautiful--there's a real mix of all styles in Brookhaven, so we thought about several different variations in terms of style," he said about the design, which implements a lot of light-colored brick.
He was inspired by Georgian arcitecture and style, although not from one specific structure in the area. His desire, he said, was to bring some richness and character to the site because it does not have much of that right now.
However, he didn't want to go overboard.
"We didn't want to fight the basic structure of that building and try to make it into something it just didn't want to be...You want it to be traditional and classic," he said.
The old Harris Teeter site has an advantage, too.
"The thing that helps is that basically that whole site is just a sea of asphalt...It literally runs from Peachtree all the way up to the front door with no relief except for one or two little tiny spots where there's some landscaping," Fuller said.
His design adds a plaza with pedestrian access, foliage and a water fountain. The plaza ties the building to the street in front of it and basically parts the sea of asphalt. You may see different angles of the design by looking at the pdf included with this article.
Nothing is set in stone just yet for the City Hall design, of course, but Fuller is hopeful.
"I think it would really elevate Brookhaven to where it ought to be and it's a great natural center [for the city]. We could transform it architecturally," he said.