The new Virginia Park townhomes development replaces an historic Druid Hills house and a 1950s apartment complex at 823 and 817 Briarcliff Road. The development, located on the east side of the road within the City of Atlanta portion of Druid Hills, is zoned for multi-family (RG-3).
During the 1950s and ‘60s, following the “redevelopment” of this section of Briarcliff Road, just three original houses remained. Now, with the demolition of the white-columned house at 823 Briarcliff, only two remain. Like the 823 house, both have deep setbacks typical of Druid Hills homes built within the City of Atlanta during the historic building period.
This part of Briarcliff Road does lie within the Druid Hills National Register District (1979) but that designation identifies; it does not protect. Only local designation protects. The local Druid Hills Landmark District initially included Ponce de Leon Avenue and Fairview Road (1982) and was extended to Springdale, Oakdale, and Lullwater Roads and Lullwater Parkway in early 2001. By that time, the historic character of Briarcliff Road had been severely diminished and did not qualify for Landmark District designation.
Contributed by Alida Silverman
Photos by Stuart Silverman