If you were near downtown Atlanta at the crack of dawn Sunday, you might have heard what sounded like about 500 pounds of explosives being set off. You were right. That was the sound of the old Georgia Archives building being imploded.
An estimated crowd of 1,400 people looked on as Gov. Nathan Deal shouted “Fire in the hole!,” capping off the countdown to demolish the building sometimes called “the white ice cube.”
In the late 1990s, engineers concluded that the building, which was completed in 1965, was sinking because of groundwater and interstate construction.
The archives were moved to Clayton State University more than a decade ago. Since then, the building left behind has been used as an occasional movie backdrop.
Gov. Deal said he’s looking forward to the next chapter for the land where the old Georgia Archives building once stood.
“The real use now will be for the new judicial building. And it will allow us to expand with the new expanded court of appeals and the expanded supreme court,” said Deal.