North Buckhead Neighborhood History and Sites of Interest
New (5/04/07) 1938 aerial photo of North Buckhead with current streets(542KB)
New (5/04/07) 1942 Hand-drawn official map of North Buckhead - showing paved/dirt roads (706 KB)
New (12/2/04) 859 Loridans Drive - beautiful 1927 home on the highest part of North Buckhead
New (2/8/01, link fixed 4/14/01) History of Emma Lane, Emma Lake and the Lakemoore Area
New (2/8/01) Peachtree Gardens "History" Incorrect
North Buckhead is a residential, mixed-use and urban neighborhood inside the City of Atlanta, north of the
Lenox Square area. The area is heavily wooded with many hills and
valleys. It is conveniently located and has easy access to Atlanta's best shopping
and to the majority of its finest restaurants. Commuting is easier from North
Buckhead since it is located on the city side of GA 400's toll gates and has
the Buckhead MARTA station and the Lenox MARTA station is nearby.
New 10/6/05 - Interactive Google Map of North Buckhead
North Buckhead's land area is about 2.5 square miles, about 2% of the area of the entire City and is one of Atlanta's largest neighborhoods. It has over 3,500 owner-occupied residences. Of these, about 48% are single family houses on individual lots. The remaining 52% are condominiums, both low-rise complexes and high-rises. New infill subdivisions and redevelopment of existing home sites are common, gradually increasing the number of free-standing single family homes. New condominiums continue to boost the neighborhood population more rapidly.
North Buckhead includes over 100 intersections involving over 80 different street names. Immediately beyond North Buckhead's southern and southwestern residential area is a heavily commercial/institutional and high density residential area which includes a number of shopping centers, high-rise office building and hotels. Many owners of these high-rise homes have joined the North Buckhead Civic Association. Intensive development is under way in this area.
The western boundary is generally light commercial (strip malls along with small stores and restaurants) along Roswell Road. The remaining boundaries are residential -- Sandy Springs on the north, Brookhaven on the east.
About 40 restaurants (excluding fast food)
operate within North Buckhead's boundaries and a much larger number are
Neighborhood History of Our Part of Atlanta
Sites of Interest in Our Part of Atlanta
Neighborhood Physical Characteristics
Other Neighborhood History and Sites
Neighborhood History Reported by Visitors to NBCA Web Site
Waldtraut Lavroff of Carmain Drive (May 17, 1998)
Carmain Drive History
"The spring on my property [4250 Carmain] used to be the only water supply (pumped into what is now 4260 Carmain Dr.) before the street became citified.
"There was an active quarry in the ravine behind our properties on Carmain."
Sara Mayeux of Herrington Drive (May 17, 1998)
Sarah Smith Elementary History
"I know from a school project that Sarah Smith was originally built in the '50s because N. Buckhead had just been included into the City Limits. It was named after the daughter of a prominent Atlanta family, and then it was grades K-7. I remember my kindergarten class was the last to have Mr. Pepe as principal."
Herrington History Needed
"Also, Does anyone know the history of HERRINGTON DRIVE?"
Louis Mayeux of Herrington Drive (May 17, 1998)
Weiuca Road Name/History
"In regard to Wieuca Road, I've heard Franklin Garrett say the name was derived from the initials of a developer's daughters' names. The guy developed Sutter's Mill.
Charles Taylor of North Ivy Road (May 17, 1998)
Weiuca Road Name
Charles reported that he understood the the name Wieuca came from the names of a developers three daughters. Charles said their names were WILMA, EUGENIA, and CATHERN -- WI-EU-CA.
Peachtree Gardens Clubsite History
Charles also reported that he had heard that the clubsite area (bounded by North Ivy Road and Mountain Drive) had been a lake before the clubhouse was built in the 20s. He said that there had been a dam there is now a bridge on North Ivy.
Buff Drive Name History
Charles says that one of the two original residents on Buff were the Buffington familty. He suspects the name Buff may be related to the name Buffington.
Reed Curtis of Glengary Drive (May 12, 1998)
Origin and History of Chateaugay Lane
"Chateaugay Lane which is off of Loridans Dr. was named after Chateaugay the winner of the 1963 Kentucky Derby. The circle at the end of what is now Chateaugay Lane was at one time private horse stables."
Grant Thomson of Ivy Chase (May 11, 1998)
Source of Wieuca Road's Name
"I have read that Wieuca came from some arrangement of the initials of the developers children."
Chastain Park History
"I know Chastain Park used to be a prison site. It was a farm where the inmates worked the fields raising vegetables. The present Galloway School was an alms house for the whites, while the art center was the alms house for the blacks. I dont know for sure, but I think the name Chastain came from the landowner who owned the surrounding property and who ultimately left the stables to the city in his will. It stated that the stable property would revert to his estate if it were ever sold (which Maynard Jackson apparently tried to do)."
"The Shadow Observer" (January 15, 2001)
Peachtree Gardens "History" Incorrect
[The following are direct quotes from several very long emails I
received from "The Shadow Observer". I omitted much of
these emails and much of my response in the interest of brevity.
What is left is still quite long. Gordon]
After reviewing nearly all materials on the nbca.org website pertaining
to the history and facts of the Peachtree Gardens Night Club and the surrounding area I regret to say that it is laughable. Much of your
information obviously has been gathered by individuals who either had no clue what they were talking about. Or who had spoken to those who also had
no facts, yet made them up as they went a long.
History of Emma Lane, Emma Lake and the Lakemoore Area
"When we purchased our home at 2 Emma Lane last year, we learned quite a bit about this area of the neighborhood, some of which you may already know.
"The area around Emma Lane was originally owned by Wiley Moore. He was an executive with the Pure Oil Company and a civic leader (ran for mayor and was Georgia's first Commissioner of Corrections) in the 1930s. He owned about 200 acres, I think, in the area and his residence was 1 Emma Lane, the large house at the end of the street on the right. Emma was Mr. Moore's wife. Emma Lane was actually the driveway to the house. He later built 2 Emma Lane (our house) and 3 Emma Lane for two of his four children.
"This also would be the origin of Lakemoore Drive as, I think, the entire estate or area was called Lakemoore. All of this information is contained in a profile of him in the Pure Oil News from years ago. We have a copy and I will make a point of sending you one. There are pictures of the original three houses on the street, as well as the club house at Lakemoore Colony (I also have a copy of the history of these condos). I haven't read the article in a while, but I think he built the series of dams and lakes that make up what is now the wetlands area at the end of Emma Lane and the chain of lakes that eventually flow into Nancy Creek over by Rickenbacker."
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