Herndon Home

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This article is about the Alonzo Herndon family home. For the demolished public housing projects, see Herndon Homes. For other uses, see Herndon House (disambiguation).
Herndon Home
Herndon Home is located in Atlanta
Herndon Home
Location 587 University Place, NW, Atlanta, Georgia
Coordinates 33°45′29″N 84°24′25″W / 33.75806°N 84.40694°W / 33.75806; -84.40694Coordinates: 33°45′29″N 84°24′25″W / 33.75806°N 84.40694°W / 33.75806; -84.40694
Built 1910
Architect Adrienne McNeil Herndon
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 00000261
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 16, 2000[1]
Designated NHL February 16, 2000[2]

Herndon Home was the Atlanta, Georgia, mansion home of Alonzo Franklin Herndon, a rags-to-riches hero who was born into slavery, but went on to become Atlanta's first black millionaire. He founded the Atlanta Life Insurance Company.

Built in 1910 and located at 587 University Place NW in the Vine City neighborhood, the house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2000.[2][3] It had previously been declared a "landmark building exterior" by the city of Atlanta in 1989.[4]

The vacant Herndon Building on Auburn Avenue, where Alonzo built his business, was already in very poor condition and was seriously damaged in the 2008 Atlanta tornado (which also passed very close to the Herndon Home). The Herndon Building was demolished in late April 2008.[5]

The Herndon Building was one of three contributing properties in the Sweet Auburn Historic District associated with the life of Alonzo Herndon. The Atlanta Life Insurance Company Building and the Rucker Building are the other two.[3](NRHP p. 25.)


  1. ^ Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Herndon Home". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-04-24. 
  3. ^ a b Frank J. J. Miele, John Sprinkle, and Patti Henry (November 1999) National Historic Landmark Nomination: Herndon Home, National Park Service and Accompanying 6 photos, of Herndon and family and of exterior and interior of mansion, from c.1910, c. 1915, 1998
  4. ^ Herndon Home, at City of Atlanta
  5. ^ Jim Auchmutey (2008-04-21). "Landmark a victim of tornado". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2008-04-24. 

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