One of Athens lovely, turn of the 20th century, downtown buildings had been the target of “re-muddling” over the years. The Fields family purchased the building in 1998 for their business, the Emporium. The popularity of creating and leasing second floor apartments to students allowed the Fields to undertake a major second floor renovation of an otherwise unused storage space. Their decision led them to hiring Armentrout Matheny Thurmond, P.C. to do planning for a second-floor apartment. AMT’s design included a facelift to the storefront removing the unkind things that had been done over the years of its existence. As.