Due to its sheer size, it’s taking the city some time to get the recently completed Historic Resources Survey up on its website. So until that time, I’m providing it here in full for your perusal. Just be aware, it’s a big ol’ PDF file.
Beyond the sections of wonk-ish methodology, the report also offers a lot of info that could be of interest to any city resident. Like what? Like parcel-level maps and summations of Decatur’s many existing and potential historic areas, (Is your home “historic”? Check the maps!) along with a developmental history of Decatur and a list of the city’s “landmark buildings”.
The map above indicates all the districts in the city that – by the strict 50-year rule definition – could be deemed historic at the national or local level in bluish green. Existing local and national historic districts are in red. Decatur has so much historic residential, it’s actually easier to summarize the large non-historic areas: the now urban-renewal showcase that was once “Beacon Hill”, the Decatur Cemetery, East Decatur Station and Decatur Heights. See?
I’ve included full list of “landmark” buildings after the jump. And because I’m such a nice guy, I’ve even provided direct links to visuals of every building on the list via Google Streetview. (Make sure to check out 303 Fifth Ave. I never knew that house even existed and it’s freakin’ awesome!)
DeKalb County Courthouse, 101 East Court Square – Built in 1917 in the Beaux Arts Classical style, the Courthouse anchors the city square and presides over an important community gathering place for residents and visitors.
Railroad Depot, East College Avenue – Built in 1892, the historic depot was recently moved by the Decatur Preservation Alliance and today is a popular restaurant.
The Pythagoras Lodge, 106 East Ponce de Leon Avenue – This impressive Italian Renaissance Revival style building was constructed in 1924, and is an important community landmark just off the Square.
Old U.S. Post Office, 141 East Trinity Place – The “Old Post Office” was built in 1935 in the Stripped Classical style. After serving as Decatur’s main post office for many years, it now houses a popular confectionery.
City Hall, 509 McDonough Street – Built in 1926 in the Neoclassical Revival style, this recently renovated building is still the center of city government.
DeKalb County Library, 215 Sycamore Street – Serving as the main branch of the county library system, this Classical Revival style building was constructed in 1950.
Chapel, Decatur First United Methodist Church, 318 Sycamore Street – One of the oldest churches in Decatur, the 1899 Gothic Revival church sanctuary building was constructed of Stone Mountain granite. Now functioning as a chapel, it continues to serve an active congregation.
Sharian, Inc., 368 West Ponce de Leon Avenue – Located in a landmark Moderne building built in 1931, Sharian, Inc. is one of Decatur’s oldest businesses. Sharian’s is regionally recognized as a premier retail dealer of fine and antique carpets.
Fraser House, 903 Church Street – Recently moved from its original location on Williams Street, this small, two-room building is one of the oldest buildings in Decatur. The wood structure, built circa 1870, is thought to have been part of the Donald Fraser School for Boys that was organized in 1892.
138 Fayetteville Road – Built in 1900 of granite with a distinctive red-clay stucco- and-rock finish, this unusual residence also features battlements and a turret.
Hope Clinic, 603 Church Street – Constructed in 1952, this small brick building is an excellent example of an office constructed in the International Style. Today it serves as a medical clinic for Emory University.
303 Fifth Avenue – Built circa 1880, this wood-frame, clapboard-sided, two-story Victorian house is one of the oldest in the Oakhurst neighborhood. It features trademark sawn trim and turned spindlework.
High House, 309 Sycamore Street – Purportedly the oldest two-story house in Decatur, this antebellum house is also reputed to be a stopping place for General Sherman when he was visiting the Atlanta area in 1864.
Blair-Rutland Building, 215 Church Street – Constructed in 1942, this two-story office building is another fine example of the streamlined Moderne style.
Neville and Helen Farmer Lustron House, 513 Drexel Avenue – Unique in the City of Decatur is this 1949 prefabricated house, whose walls and roof are constructed from Lustron, porcelain-enameled steel panels. Only 2680 Lustron houses were built in the nation, with only about 1000 remaining—one of which is in Decatur.