Livingston Restaurant + Bar

Designed by the Puccini Group, the dramatic glass and steel entrance of Livingston welcomes guests into a stunning two-storey dining room. Dark mahogany tables encircled by chocolate leather and platinum seating are beautifully contrasted with iconic white marble columns.

Gold and silver accents are illuminated by a grandiose chandelier encased in an iridescent screen, adding dramatic architectural detail to the space.

Flanking the dining room are two unique works of art, each featuring dynamic black and white ghosted images of some of the city’s original socialites on the red carpet. Recognizing the historical significance of the space, these photographs were selected from those taken at the premiere party for Gone With the Wind, held in the same grand room in 1939.

Glowing lanterns reflect off dining tables onto the mirrored bar which offers a window between the two rooms. The bar includes sleek, low tables made of Carrera marble surrounded by custom seating ranging from muted silver snakeskin club chairs, to deep chocolate crocodile stools and plush burgundy chairs. Oversized Palladian windows allow guests on the terrace to peek into the bustling Livingston bar. The bar itself, with modern polished chrome bar back, is a perfect juxtaposition to the classic interiors.  The grand twenty foot ceiling is punctuated by stately columns intermixed with a glowing ghost column filled with mercury-like silver pendants hanging within. Banquettes around the columns and discrete seating arrangements allow for intimate conversations near the dazzling chandelier that drips from the ceiling like a natural work of art.

 

As a historical landmark, Puccini Group had to maintain the original architecture and shell of the building, while updating it with modernized furniture and lighting. Details such as original handrails were preserved giving the space a stage for the old to meet the new. The glowing ghost column was created to complete the colonnade layout in the bar and create social seating arrangements. The custom-made champagne display is housed in the shell of a previous entrance. The bar and restaurant entrance was moved back to the historical location and the stairs were rebuilt to the original specifications of the night of the wrap party for the Gone With the Wind cast. There was limited space in the existing kitchen which let to the kitchen being moved closer to the dining area and being turned into an exhibition kitchen.

The historically elegant architectural details of the space are integrated with elements of warmth and texture that evoke modern sophistication and style. The namesake of the restaurant & café, Livingston Mims, was the former mayor of Atlanta and lived on this very plot of land in his mansion before the Georgian Terrace was built. He was known throughout Atlanta for his love of food and wine. A bust of Livingston rests upon the marble-topped bar overlooking the action and his beloved guests.

This was an opportunity to update the lobby in ways to pay homage to the namesake, Livingston, for his love of Atlanta and his lifelong efforts to ‘green’ the city. The city’s extensive parks were an inspiration for the polished, laser-cut metal trees created behind the front desk. The map behind the new concierge stand was a collaboration between the in-house design team and the gentleman who has been directing guests as the Georgian Terrace concierge for years. It highlights the parks and local attractions in a graphically gorgeous way. The ballrooms maintained their original architectural grandeur but were updated with custom carpets and fresh color palettes.

 

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