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Brookwood Hills

This exhibit page is design to explore the development and key points of history in the Brookwood Hills neighborhood of Atlanta.

Prior to the establishment of the Brookwood Neighborhood, the area was the site of some of the bloodiest fighting during the Battle of Atlanta, during the American Civil War. Shortly after the war's end, many of Atlanta's elite moved out of the city along what is now Peachtree Road.

Brookwood Hills is a well-established residential area that embraces the nature of suburban development of the early 1920s. The neighborhood began when a man by the name of Benjamin Burdett and a unknown partner purchased approximately 50 acres of land from the A.J. Collier estate.

Later in the early 1920s Burdette joined with George Washington Collier Jr., who owned roughly 25 acres in the same area as Burdette's own land ownings. Together the two developed 65 acres into a suburban subdivision called Brookwood Hills. Much of the neighborhood design was inspired by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead.

Being well funded Over the next few years the neighborhood went through a series of construction phases. By 1924 most of the area homes had been developed and subsequently sold.

Today the historic district has come to encompass nearly 90 acres and is home to more than 250 residences.

Credits

Caroline Davis