What a wonderful success to celebrate! Our Home & Garden Tour enjoyed a triumphant return in April 2022 in conjunction with Olmsted 200, a week filled with events to help mark Frederick Law Olmsted's 200th birthday. Check out all we did to celebrate!
Published March 2022
The Druid Hills Civic Association is a membership organization serves the historic neighborhood of Druid Hills, a community nestled in the heart of Atlanta, GA. Joining (or renewing your membership) helps ensure that we 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.
2022 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Frederick Law Olmsted, founder of American landscape architecture and designer of our beloved Druid Hills neighborhood and Olmsted Linear Park. His legacy also lives on in iconic spaces around the U.S. such as New York's Central Park, Boston's Emerald Necklace, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville and many more.
Druid Hills celebrated in style!
It was so fun seeing neighbors enjoying all of the fun events that our Atlanta Olmsted 200 Committee planned. From a fantastical evening at Callanwolde for the Olmsted 200th Birthday Gala and the Artist Market in Dellwood Park to our record-breaking Home & Garden Tour and the free Shawn Mullins concert that was packed with neighbors in Emory Village, we'd say it was a smashing success!!
Enjoy the gallery below of highlights from the Tour and Olmsted 200 events. Make sure to visit our Community Events page where you can see more images from Druid Hills neighborhood happenings!
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!
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OUR NEW STRATEGIC PLAN
DHCA is excited to begin 2021 by sharing our strategic plan. Thanks to the hundreds of members for supporting our efforts and shaping this vision. We hope you see reflections of your insights and recommendations throughout our plan. This plan sharpens our focus and defines the impact we will aim to achieve over the next five years and we encourage our neighbors to take ownership by getting involved. Please find a broad overview of the plan here.
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 email@example.com and she will deliver one to your mailbox!