The Masquerade

Maggie Schneider

An Atlanta area luthier is paying homage to the city's music scene.

Tomas Holgado crafted a series of guitars from the wood of the old Excelsior Mill building, which was the home of the Masquerade music venue for nearly three decades before the venue moved to The Underground.

Courtesy of Fugazi

The historic DuPre Excelsior Mill on North Avenue in Atlanta has a storied past of music history, one that extends prior to its 30-year tenure as the home of the Masquerade music venue. A portion of the building collapsed last Friday during renovation efforts to convert the space into an office park.

Sarah Rose / GPB News

The historic DuPre Excelsior Mill in downtown Atlanta partially collapsed during recent construction.

No one was on site Friday when GPB News reporter Sarah Rose arrived. The location is undergoing renovations to become an office park. It formerly housed the Masquerade music venue for 28 years.

Developers Southeastern Capital Companies and Coro Realty announced earlier this month a new project after initial plans for converting the property into a mixed restaurant and retail space failed to materialize.

Southeastern Capital Companies/Coro Realty Smith Dalia Architects

The historic site that previously housed the Masquerade music venue is about to become an office park.

Developers Southeastern Capital Companies and Coro Realty announced this week a new project for the Old DuPre Mill location. The initial plans for the property were to convert it into a mixed restaurant and retail space.

The Masquerade, known for having three differently-sized stages dubbed “Heaven,” “Hell” and “Purgatory,” was located for 28 years at the site. It relocated in 2016 to the former Kenny’s Alley space in Underground following some uncertainty.

Saying Goodbye To The Masquerade

Nov 1, 2016
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The Masquerade is moving soon. The beloved music venue is hailed as an Atlanta institution. Needless to say, many are sad to see "The Masq" go. 

We visit the Masquerade's longtime home on North Avenue to hear memories and somber feelings about its departure.

If you've ever had a memorable experience at the Masquerade, we'd love to hear it. Give us a ring at 404-500-9457 or post your stories to our Facebook page.

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