The historic neighborhood of Druid Hills, designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, is a beautiful community nestled in the heart of Atlanta.
Druid Hills Civic Association (DHCA) is a membership organization that serves Historic Druid Hills. Our mission is to "Connect neighbors, foster civic engagement, and steward the neighborhood’s beauty."
Joining (or renewing your membership) helps ensure that the DHCA can do our best to advocate for and protect the neighborhood, keep residents in the know, and help build an even stronger sense of community. Learn more on our membership page!
Every quarter, the DHCA curates, publishes and mails the "Druid Hills News" magazine to all homes in our neighborhood. You can always find the latest digital copy on our homepage, or archive issues here.
DRUID HILLS COMMUNITY PARTNERS
DHCA is one of many neighborhood organizations that support the Druid Hills community. Each group has a unique mission and role to fill within the neighborhood. We often collaborate on events and do whatever we can to support each other's efforts.
Freedom Park Conservancy, a non profit organization, raises money to promote the improvement and preservation of the park for a diverse public.
South Fork Conservancy is a local nonprofit which works to restore the banks of the South Fork of Peachtree Creek. We return these restored green spaces to the neighbors in communities along the creek banks by connecting people with nature trails.
Callanwolde's mission is to provide the Atlanta community with premier, accessible arts education, especially to the underserved, while promoting enjoyment of the arts at the historic and inspiring Callanwolde estate.
NEIGHBORS, TAKE ACTION!
Our community is part of the heart of intown living in the metro Atlanta area. DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta have limited funds to tackle a variety of infrastructure and amenity projects, and our neighborhood's needs are often overlooked. The DHCA actively advocates for action with city and county officials, but the loudest voices are most often heard. That's where our residents come in! Please help us write to these officials so that things like our sidewalks, twittens, the train bridge and more might be moved up their priority list. Check out our "Residents, Take Action" page to download email templates, get current contact information, and more!
DRUID HILLS PARENT GROUP
This was the original plan for Druid Hills, as designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted in the late 1800's.
As the only neighborhood in the South designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Druid Hills stands apart from the other Intown neighborhoods in Atlanta, for the quality and integrity of its historic architecture and for the sweeping wide open spaces and the soaring canopy of its mature hardwoods.
In order to protect the integrity and historic legacy of the neighborhood Druid Hills has been established as a historic district. Anyone who wishes to make significant changes to their properties must apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) through either the City of Atlanta or DeKalb County, depending on where your property is. The two principal jurisdictions are the DeKalb County Historic District and the City of Atlanta Landmark District.
Thanks for helping us preserve and protect the unique heritage of historic Druid Hills. Read more about how historic preservation got started in Druid Hills here.
HISTORY OF THE DHCA
One of most active neighborhood groups in the South, DHCA was founded in 1938 to help residents preserve and protect the unique heritage of Druid Hills as envisioned by its creator, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Much of our work involves exercising vigilance in land use and zoning matters, communicating with local and state officials, informing the residents about community issues, and promoting the general welfare of the neighborhood for the enjoyment of its residents today and in the future.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Druid Hills Historic District incorporates in its entirety the area formerly listed as the Druid Hills Parks and Parkways Historic District.
Learn some of our rich history as experienced by many of our long-time residents by watching the delightful "Druid Hills History Happens Here".
Did you know the DHCA worked ardently over 25 years to prevent the expansion of the Stone Mountain Freeway and the proposed Presidential Parkway from being built straight thru Druid Hills?
“An Informal History of the Druid Hills Civic Association, Celebrating 75 years” was written in 2013 and Thea Roeser, our membership chair, would be happy to deliver one to your home. Please send your name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org and she will deliver one to your mailbox!