According to this article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the 91-year old H.M. Patterson and Son Spring Hill Chapel in Midtown will be closing at the end of business today – Friday, January 10. The funeral business and its adjacent gardens, which had reached “Landmark Status” was purchased by a developer in December.
The new owners, Portman Holdings say, “we intend to preserve the chapel and will engage a design and construction team with the relevant experience”. It is expected that the historic building will become “an entertainment and food space” to serve an adjacent 600,000 square foot development that will include a 300 unit residential building and hotel.
The President of the Midtown Alliance which helped get the historic preservation label on the building mentioned in the article that an “entertainment and food space” is an ideal use for a space like the Spring Hill Mortuary and could breath new life into that part of Midtown. He said, “We’ll see increased activity on a street that’s been lacking for a while, and at the same time, we won’t be losing some of history”.
Again, according to the article, a spokesman for previous owner Service Corporation International declined to discuss the specifics of the sale. However, it has been made known that “all funeral prearrangements made with the funeral home will be honored by any other H. M. Patterson or Dignity Memorial location in the Atlanta area”.
Here is the web-site for the H.M. Patterson and Son Spring Hill Funeral Home