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Preserving Georgia’s History

Georgia Department of Archives
Morrow, Georgia, USA

“While respecting the boundaries of finite resources, [HOK] has created a destination and an experience that showcases the essence of Georgia's past, Georgia's products and Georgia's pride, while designing a building that other archives will envy.”

Cathy Cox
Former Georgia Secretary of State

This unique archives building houses Georgia’s historical records and documents dating back to colonial times.

The challenge was to redefine the archives facility in the public realm, making it accessible, technologically sound and inviting. HOK’s design reframes how the people of Georgia perceive civic buildings.

The design satisfies strict security and environmental conditions while providing open access to citizens who wish to view the state’s records. Spaces become increasingly secure as users progress through the building. Visually, the architecture of the public spaces emphasizes the openness of government and its records, while the vaults underscore the security of the records.

The design minimizes the building envelope by creating compact stacked vaults wrapped by laboratory and office spaces. This reduces energy use and creates a more stable environment for protecting the historic collection. The innovative mechanical approach features cooling and dehumidification provided by separate systems, eliminating the need for energy-intensive reheating to maintain the strict environmental conditions. 

The facility includes public reference areas, microfilm and original document reading rooms, records and microfilm storage vaults and exhibition and gallery areas.


172,000 sq. ft. / 16,000 sq. m. 


Facility Programming
Interior Design
Laboratory Design
Landscape Architecture


AIA Georgia – Design Excellence Award

AIA South Atlantic Region – Honor Award

AIA/ALA – Library Buildings Award of Excellence

IIDA Southeast – Honor Award


Number of documents housed in the Georgia Department of Archives building