The Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens April 19-21, Offers a Great Opportunity to Experience the Design and Architecture of One of Atlanta’s Most Beloved Neighborhoods

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The premiere tour of homes in Atlanta, the 2013 Druid Hills Tour of Homes and Gardens will feature five spectacular homes, two gardens, a speaker series and a classic car show. This year the tour also features the Alpha Delta Pi sorority house a landmark home at 1386 Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Barbara Vogel, Chair of the 2013 Druid Hills Homes & Gardens Tour Committee shares, “By highlighting the adaptive spaces, we hope to inspire visitors to consider new inspirational designs that complement the neighborhood’s historic legacy.”

Looking for artistic and cultural inspiration this spring? The Druid Hills Civic Association offers a great opportunity to experience the design and architecture of one of Atlanta’s most beloved neighborhoods as it hosts the 2013 Druid Hills Tour of Homes and Gardens, April 19-21, 2013. The premiere tour of homes in Atlanta, the event will feature five spectacular homes, two gardens, a speaker series and a classic car show.

This year features the Alpha Delta Pi sorority house, a landmark home at 1386 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE. A perfect example of Southern Colonial Revival architecture, the mansion, which is home to the International Headquarters of the sorority Alpha Delta Pi, has graced the corner of Oakdale Road and Ponce de Leon Avenue since 1910. The second home built in Druid Hills, not far from where Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. envisioned the linear park, it was commissioned by the farm equipment manufacturer Clyde King. With his wife Clara Belle and four children, King enjoyed the spacious house and terraced gardens for nearly three decades. When Alpha Delta Pi purchased the house in 1954, the original furnishings were gone. Nonetheless, the grand staircase and elegant rooms conjure images of the King family’s busy whirl of parties and dinners. Today, Alpha Delta Pi uses the house for meetings and special sorority events while its staff works in the 2004 addition, demonstrating that it is possible to run a 250,000-member international organization from a quiet, tree-lined residential neighborhood.

The Druid Hills Tour of Homes and Gardens takes place Friday, April 19,10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Saturday, April 20, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; and Sunday, April 21, 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased in advance on the website: druidhills.org/tourofhomes/. Proceeds from the tour and events benefit the Druid Hills neighborhood, which the noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Sr. designed during the late 19th century. The neighborhood is on the National Register of Historic Places.

About The Druid Hills Civic Association
The Druid Hills Civic Association was founded in 1938 to preserve Atlanta’s Druid Hills neighborhood and to protect its unique heritage of parks and architecture. The Association carries out these responsibilities by exercising vigilance in zoning matters, maintaining a liaison with local governing bodies, informing the citizens of community issues, and promoting the general welfare of the community for the enjoyment of its residents today and in the future.

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