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Another House (and a Magnificent White Oak Tree) in Atlanta's Druid Hills | by UGArdener
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Another House (and a Magnificent White Oak Tree) in Atlanta's Druid Hills

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One Saturday morning in late June I decided to try out my new DSLR on one of the shaded streets in this beautiful area. If you click on the set to the right and run the SLIDESHOW in Full Screen Mode you can follow me up and down this street and get an idea of the architecture of the area.

 

"Druid Hills is an upper-class neighborhood east of Midtown, Atlanta, in DeKalb County, Georgia. The planned community was initially conceived by Joel Hurt, and developed with the effort of Atlanta's leading families, including Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler. It contains some of Atlanta's historic mansions from the late 19th and early 20th Century. Druid Hills includes the main campus of Emory University, which relocated to Atlanta in 1914. Ponce de Leon Avenue bi-sects the community.

 

Druid Hills was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and was one of his last commissions. A showpiece of the design was the string of parks along Ponce de Leon Avenue, designated as Druid Hills Parks and Parkways and listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 11, 1975."

 

Some find it hard to believe that this magnificent urban neighborhood was conceived and executed as one of Atlanta’s first suburbs. Yet it remains today essentially unchanged and was recently described by the U.S. Department of the Interior to be "significant as the finest example of late 19th and early 20th century comprehensive planning and development in the Atlanta area, and one of the finest period suburbs in the Southeast."

 

There is a beautifully done Tour of Homes and Gardens each April during the peak bloomtime for the thousands of dogwoods and azaleas that fill the neighborhood. Here are some links:

 

www.druidhills.org/overview/index.htm

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Druid_Hills,_Georgia

 

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Taken on June 26, 2009