Brookwood Hills Historic District
|Architect||Burdette Realty; Kauffman,O.F.|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival, Bungalow/Craftsman, Tudor Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||79003776|
|Added to NRHP||December 21, 1979|
Brookwood Hills is a historic neighborhood located in intown Atlanta, Georgia, USA, north of Midtown and south-southwest of Buckhead. Home to about 1000 people, it was founded in the early 1920s by Benjamin Franklin Burdett and his son, Arthur. The site of the neighborhood is located where some of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War took place during the Atlanta Campaign.
Brookwood Hills is located near the heart of Atlanta, only a few miles away from the skyscrapers of its major business districts. It is connected by three entrances to Peachtree Road, and has no other outlet. Brookwood Hills is bordered roughly by Peachtree on the west, Interstate 85 on the south, the Norfolk Southern train tracks (just south of Peachtree Creek) to the north, and Clear Creek to the east.
The Brookwood neighborhood, for which Brookwood Hills was named, is located immediately southwest of the southern tip of Brookwood Hills. This is in turn immediately north of the major freeway interchange called the "Brookwood split", which joins I-75 to the northwest and I-85 to the northeast into the Downtown Connector to the south.
- Building a MARTA station inside of the neighborhood. (stopped)
- An industrial park on the other side of Clear Creek.
- Extending W. Peachtree into and through the neighborhood. (stopped)
- Highrise apartments in residents' backyards.(mostly stopped)
Because of these pressures of being a big-city community, the Brookwood Hills Community Club (BWHCC) was created. (This is the reason so many of the above projects were halted). The BWHCC also owns the park and pool in the center of Brookwood Hills.
History and development
Brookwood Hills was the creation of the Burdett family. Benjamin first created the neighborhood on the Battlefield of Peachtree Creek owned by himself and local Thomas Collier. The streets were built in accordance to the hilly terrain, instead of grid form, as was popular at the time. Mr. Burdett planted oak saplings during Brookwood Hills' founding, which now stand tall and are the trademark quality of the neighborhood. The area developed by Benjamin and Arthur Burdett is now registered as the Brookwood Hills Historic District.
In November 2011 the City of Atlanta began a project to repair damaged sidewalks and curbs in front of approximately 50 homes in the neighborhood.
Brookwood Hills Community Club
The hub of the community is the Brookwood Hills Community Club, which includes a park, pool, two pavilions, tennis courts, and basketball goals. Many neighborhood sponsored events like the Fourth of July parade and the annual Easter egg hunt take place here.
Brookwood Hills Bullfrogs
The Brookwood Hills pool hosts its own swim team. Their mascot is a bullfrog. This team competes in the Atlanta Swim Association summer league. They start practices in late April, and compete through the end of June or beginning of July. Every year, they compete at Georgia Tech for ASA championships. In 2013, Brookwood Hills won the entire meet.
Notable Current and Past Residents
Brookwood Hills is covered by Atlanta Public Schools, and is in the school attendance district of:
Popular private schools in the area include:
- Woodward Academy
- The Westminster Schools
- The Lovett School
- Pace Academy
- Christ the King Catholic School
- The Galloway School
- Holy Innocents' Episcopal School
- Marist School
- Atlanta International School
- Brookwood Hills Community Club
- Swim League Website
- Brookwood Hills Historic District
- Atlanta, Georgia, a National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.
- Jeremiah McWilliams, "Atlanta to fix sidewalks in Brookwood Hills neighborhood", Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 20, 2011