HISTORIC BUCKHEAD HOTSPOTS THAT SHAPED THE NEIGHBORHOOD

These nine buildings offer a glimpse into the area’s humble beginnings

The library at the Swan House houses artifacts belonging to original owner Edward Inman, who made his fortune as a cotton industry exec.
PHOTO: Sara Hanna

STORY: Sean Keenan

Buckhead is widely believed to have been founded by Henry Irby, whose namesake street now runs through what many consider the area’s party district. The name of […]

LINKS TO THE PAST

A LOOK AT THE REFURBISHMENT AND REOPENING OF BUCKHEAD’S BOBBY JONES GOLF COURSE

STORY: Bobby L. Hickman

When it opened in the heart of Buckhead back in 1932, the Bobby Jones Golf Course was Atlanta’s first public golf course. It honored native son Bobby Jones, who won the sport’s Grand Slam in 1930. Almost 90 years later, Jones remains the only golfer to have won all four major […]

BEFORE YOU RESTORE

BUILDING EXPERTS OFFER INSIGHTS INTO BRINGING HISTORIC HOMES BACK TO LIFE

Renovating a historic area home has its headaches, but in the end, you’re preserving a precious piece of the past.

STORY: H.M. Cauley

Towering white columns, intricate millwork, dramatic ceilings edged in decorative molding, double porches trimmed in gingerbread: A historic house restored to its original beauty is often an architectural gem because, well, they […]

MAKING HISTORY

Honoring the iconic places that helped shape Buckhead

PHOTO: Sara Hanna

Buckhead has come a long way since 1838, when Henry Irby plopped down $650 for a 202-acre plot of land near what’s now the intersection of Peachtree, Roswell and West Paces Ferry roads. What began as a rural community centered around a small tavern and grocery has since expanded to cover more than 28 square miles that […]

CHRONICLING BUCKHEAD’S DIVERSE HISTORY

The director of the Buckhead Heritage Society recalls and records the area’s compelling origins

photo: Georgia Department of Economic Development

STORY: Sean Keenan

The newest chief of the Buckhead Heritage Society, Richard Waterhouse, lived in Atlanta from 1984 to 2010 before he shipped out to Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to curate the Cahoon Museum of American Art. He served as director there for six years before migrating […]