Located near Atlanta’s eastern border and directly east of its Five Points financial center is the neighborhood of Inman Park—a community familiar to anyone who is in the business of Atlanta remodeling. The neighborhood has an assortment of Victorian-era architectural styles, notable by their expansive front porches, ornate turrets, and decorative gingerbread woodwork.
Atlanta’s First Planned Community
Inman Park was created as a planned community by real-estate developer, Joel Hurt, in the late 1880s. He intended the community to be a rural respite that would be connected to Atlanta by its first electric streetcar line. He named it after his friend and fellow investor, Samuel M. Inman. In an article in 1896, The Atlanta Constitution described Inman Park as "High up above the city, where the purest breezes and the brightest sunshine drove away the germs of disease.” It would draw some of Atlanta’s wealthiest families to settle in the community, not the least of whom was Asa G. Candler, the founder of the Coca-Cola Company.
National Register of Historic Places
The Inman Park historic district and the Inman Park-Moreland Historic District comprise some of Atlanta's best assemblage of late 19th and early 20th-century residential architecture. Just as important, however, is the fact that it was also Atlanta's first model of a garden suburb, where much attention was paid to the layout of the streets, the prevalence of parks and the design of open public spaces. It followed in characteristics the country’s first planned community of Riverside, just outside of Chicago, which was designed by the great landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. He would later take inspiration from Inman Park to design Druid Hills—another Atlanta garden suburb.
Though Atlanta has other historic neighborhoods, none are as noteworthy as Inman Park and possibly none so familiar to many contractors doing Atlanta remodeling.
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