Take a DIY architecture tour in Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods


Atlanta may be quick to tear down historic public buildings, but the metro area is full of lovely old residential neighborhoods. Nothing against charming bungalows and cozy shotgun cottages, but it’s fun to drive around swanky streets and pick your favorite mansion. Here are some great places to visit:

  • Buckhead is the place to see sprawling estates, including the Georgia Governor’s Mansion and the Swan House, which is now part of the Atlanta History Center. Good routes for sightseeing: Haynes Manor area around Peachtree Battle Avenue, the West Paces Ferry Road corridor, and Historic Brookhaven.
  • Designed at the turn of the 20th century, Druid Hills was one of Atlanta’s first suburbs. Its graceful, curvilinear boulevards were planned by Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park in New York.
  • To see Victorian, Queen Anne, and other early twentieth century manors, check out Inman Park (established 1912) and Grant Park (1882).