Druid Hills enjoys both national and local designations.
The Druid Hills community encompasses four National Register Districts (Druid Hills, Emory Grove, Cameron Court, and University Park-Emory Highlands-Emory Estates) and two locally-designated districts. Together they protect, preserve, and our beautiful late 19th/early 20th century neighborhood.
A national designation identifies boundaries of the historic area(s) while a local designation actively protects it through zoning laws and/or guidelines. The DeKalb County Historic District and the City of Atlanta Landmark District respectively protect the parts of Druid Hills that lie within DeKalb County and those that lie within the City of Atlanta.
Homeowners in Druid Hills who wish to make external changes to their properties must apply for and receive a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) before proceeding with their plans. Depending on where the homeowner lives, the DeKalb County Historic District guidelines or the City of Atlanta Landmark District zoning laws will be used in evaluating his or her application.
This process protects Druid Hills and its property owners. It prevents construction and alterations that may not be in keeping with the historic architecture and streetscape of Druid Hills.
The History of Historic Preservation in Druid Hills
1938 – Druid Hills Civic Association is founded.
1966 – National Historic Preservation Act is passed by Congress.
1975 – Ponce de Leon Parks and Parkway is listed on National Register of Historic Places. The historic core of the Emory University campus also is listed on National Register.
1979 – The original 1,400 acres of Druid Hills is listed on National Register, incorporating Parks and Parkway listing into one District.
1982 – Druid Hills is designated an HCC (Historic and Cultural Conservation) District by the City of Atlanta with two sub-areas: Ponce de Leon Avenue and Fairview Road. Cameron Court is listed on National Register, too.
1989 – Comprehensive Atlanta Historic Preservation Act is passed. Therefore the HCC District became a Landmark District, which is the highest form of protection because of the number of criteria met.
1994 – DeKalb County passes historic preservation legislation.
1996 – Druid Hills Local Historic District is designated by DeKalb County.
1998 – University Park-Emory Highlands-Emory Estates is listed on National Register.
2000 – Emory Grove listed on National Register
2001 – A third sub-area is added to City Landmark District: Springdale, Oakdale, and Lullwater Roads and Lullwater Parkway.
2003 – Briarcliff Normandy Apartments are listed on the National Register.
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