Stephen Fuller Imagines Brookhaven City Hall

A local man envisions a permanent Brookhaven City Hall on the site of the former Harris Teeter grocery store.

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.

Albie Alright August 28, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I am a candidate for City Janitor. I feel as though a good scrubbing is needed in the North. Possibly a clog needs to be removed in the South. And then a gentle polishing in Central.
don Gabacho August 28, 2012 at 05:13 PM
"Janitor"? That's not PC nowadays. I think they call them Maintenance Engineers; or something like that.
HamBurger September 01, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Mr. Phil, you do know that Mr. GuruLikeDrucker who has posted regularly on the Patch is running for office, don’t you? Post your e-mail address and I will send you the e-mail and linkedin file with picture from his neighbors. Or, you may not be interested because this individual was not against the new city as I was, but was a C$ND member and associated with Brookhaven Yes? Naturally, I understand your Brookhaven Yes bias . . . And, your Brookhaven Yes preference to go after me. Please pass the yellow mustard!
don Gabacho September 01, 2012 at 05:15 AM
"Post your e-mail address and I will send you the e-mail and linkedin file with picture from his neighbors."---Hamburger I'll take you up on that. Here's an alternative address: dongabcho.mxgov@gmail.com Thanks
Dubious September 23, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Almost as dumb an idea as trying to create a city out of disparate neighborhoods and constituencies. Has this genius ever been on Peachtree at 5:00pm?


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