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A Story about the Briarcliff Hotel

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What do The Briarcliff Hotel, Hovie Lister, and Lloyd Preacher have in common?

G. Lloyd Preacher was an Atlanta architect who designed the Henry Grady Hotel (now demolished), Atlanta’s Art Deco Neo Gothic City Hall, the Medical Arts Building, present-day Inman Middle School, and “Rainbow Terrace” — a Mediterranean-style Druid Hills mansion – for Asa Candler’s daughter Lucy.  He also designed his own home, a Neo-Spanish Villa, across from Rainbow Terrace on South Ponce de Leon Avenue.

In 1925, Lloyd Preacher drew plans for an H-shaped red brick apartment building, known as “The 750” for its address on Ponce de Leon, for Asa G. “Buddie” Candler, Jr.  Later, The 750 became a 400-room hotel and still later a retirement home called Briarcliff Summit.  The 750 featured a two-story cast-in-place concrete base and its top floor was stuccoed with terra cotta detailing. Buddie Candler lived and worked in the building, having moved into the nine-room penthouse after selling his mansion at Briarcliff Farm (now owned by Emory University). Read more

DHCA Responds to 2014 DeKalb County Transportation Plan

The Transportation Committee of the Druid Hills Civic Association has submitted its comments to DeKalb County regarding the proposed transportation plan which can be viewed at http://www.dekalbtransportationplan2014.com/documents.htm.

The Committee’s comments appear below.

DHCA Response to Invitation for Public Comment

If you are concerned about transportation in DeKalb County and would like to participate in the Transportation Committee, please contact transportation@druidhills.org.

Druid Hills Tour: A Resounding Success!

Tour Trolley

They came by cab, bicycle, trolley, and on foot – hundreds of tourgoers who filled neighborhood streets during the weekend of May 2-4 to visit homes, gardens, and an artist market at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

The tour was a record-breaker, grossing more than $70,000 according to DHCA treasurer Scott Storbeck.  The association will use the revenue to fund community organizations and initiatives and support the work of its committees, among other activities.

The large crowds enjoyed a perfect weekend of sunny, warm weather.  Some visitors to the gardens at 1209, 965, and 797 Springdale spent as much as an hour strolling around outside and chatting with the homeowners and docents about landscaping. Read more

Update: East Lake Road Makeover and Quiet Zone

As many of you know, a number of East Lake Road residents have been working with the county, state, Federal Rail Authority (FRA), and CSX to realize two projects – the road makeover and the Quiet Zone for the CSX crossing. Spring 2014 will be a busy time, and here’s what you need to know.

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Finding Reciprocity in Druid Hills

As chair of the 2014 Tour Committee, Ryan Graham oversees the entire enterprise including the smallest details involving banners and docent notes. Yet the Atlanta native, who holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Georgia Tech, also sees a bigger picture.

The Tour is part of an important social relationship, he said recently. Druid Hills lends its landscape, streetscape, and architecture for the Tour to showcase; the Tour capitalizes on those features and returns esprit de corps and funds raised to the community. Read more

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