Fox Tower

In the 1970s, in Atlanta, there was a run-down theater at the corner of Peachtree and Ponce called The Fox. It was apparently built earlier in the century as a Masonic Lodge, but became an entertainment venue, which showed movies and held live shows. By the early 70s, it had fallen on hard times and sat on one of the most coveted blocks in all the city.

The lot was purchased by a joint venture calling itself The Fox Development Corp, which was notably vague about their intentions for the lot. A number of preservation societies sprang up, and their stated intention was to “Save the Fox”. Fox Development caught wind of the rising opposition and accelerated their schedule, beginning demolition before all the necessary permits had cleared, so that by the time the opposition came together to preserve the structure, all that was left was a pile of rubble. In its place was constructed Fox Tower, which takes up the entire city block, and remains the tallest building in Atlanta at ninety-five stories.

In 1997, the building was purchased by and became the corporate headquarters for Cairo Enterprises. Among the innovations brought about by Cairo was the recreation of the Egyptian Room on the mezzanine floor of Fox Tower. Bickering Plummet had also been in the running for acquiring the tower, but was outbid by Cairo. In 2002, at the conclusion of Bickering Plummet’s merger with Cairo Enterprises, Fox Tower became Bickering’s corporate headquarters.

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