As was said of the great architect Christopher Wren, if you wish to know his legacy, look around you.
George Heery was born in Athens in 1927. After a stint in the Pacific theater in the Navy during World War II, he earned an architectural degree at Georgia Tech. George and his father founded the architectural firm of Heery and Heery in Athens and Atlanta.
Heery’s firm would become one of the biggest in the southeast and would design, build, and collaborate on some of the most notable buildings in Atlanta: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, the Georgia Dome, the Georgia Aquarium, Georgia Power headquarters, the Five Points MARTA station, the Fuqua Conservatory of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, and Coca-Cola’s Central Reception and U.S.A. buildings.
One of the pioneers of modern architecture in post-war Georgia, whose legacy is secured in concrete and steel, was born on June 18, 1927, Today in Georgia History.