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Druid Hills

by Chris Schroder

After developing Atlanta’s first suburb, Inman Park, prominent businessman Joel Hurt immediately began planning a second. In the late 1880s, Hurt began envisioning an “ideal residential suburb” and by 1893, had assembled the 1,400 acres of land that would become Druid Hills.

Famous landscape architects, the Olmsted Brothers, designed the neighborhood in 1893, featuring roads, lakes and a string of parks along Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Druid Hills remains one of Atlanta’s most affluent neighborhoods and is home to a number of late 19th-century and early 20th-century historic mansions, Emory University, the CDC and the famous Driving Miss Daisy home.

Mark C. McDonald, The Georgia Trust

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