John Portman, Atlanta’s defining architect and developer, dies at 93

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Join Portman, the sometimes controversial architect and developer who shaped much of Atlanta’s skyline, died at the age of 93. Some of Atlanta’s defining buildings, including the Hyatt Regency, Peachtree Center, AmericasMart and the Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel, stand as Portman’s legacy in his hometown. Former Mayor Andrew Young once said that “there is no one who has done more for Atlanta.” He also designed major buildings in New York, San Francisco and Shanghai. [Atlanta Journal Constitution]

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