Tyler Perry’s production campus has a storied legacy that dates back to the 19th century. The area was used by military as early as 1835 and served as a Confederate Army base during the American Civil War.
After the Battle of Atlanta in 1864, Major General John A. Schofield suggested the post be formally named in honor of Union Major General James Birdseye McPherson, the highest-ranking Union officer to have been killed in action during the Civil War. Prior to the Battle of Atlanta, McPherson led the Army of the Tennessee through the Battle of Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Shiloh, and Vicksburg.
Fort McPherson served as a general hospital during the Spanish-American war as well as a training center for nearly 20,000 recruits and as a hospital that tended to 10,000 sick and wounded soldiers during World War I, as well as an internment camp for German POWs and an officer training camp.
In June 2015, Tyler Perry purchased 330 acres of Fort McPherson to be the new home of Tyler Perry Studios. Forty buildings within Fort McPherson’s 33 acre historic district are preserved and recognized by the National Registry of Historic Places and Tyler Perry Studios plans to keep it that way. “The closing of this deal represents the start of a new period of job creation, business expansion and community development in South Atlanta,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said. “I am looking forward to the day when Fort McPherson is a catalyst for change in one of our most important neighborhoods.”
When completed later next year, Tyler Perry Studios will be the only major motion picture studio on the east coast and one of the largest in the world. The campus will be home to multiple backlots, 12 purpose built sound stages (the largest at 60,000 square feet), a 75,000 square foot water tank, and hundreds of acres of green space.