Don't Miss Atlanta's Premiere Spring Event, the Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens and Artist Market, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 1-3, 2015

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The Druid Hills Civic Association presents the 2015 Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens and Artist Market, May 1-3, 2015. The theme of this year's tour is "History Happens Here,” featuring architecture from the renowned architectural firm Ivey and Crook (1923-1967). http://www.druidhillstour.org

The Druid Hills Civic Association presents the 2015 Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens and Artist Market, May 1-3, 2015. The theme of this year's tour is "History Happens Here,” featuring architecture from the renowned architectural firm Ivey and Crook (1923-1967). The firm excelled in traditional architecture during a competitive period of eclecticism, building residences, churches, and schools in Atlanta and other locations in the Southeast. Their most recognizable residential feature was the four-columned portico adorning single-story homes, a southern colonial image that looked to Thomas Jefferson's neoclassicism for inspiration.

One of the homes featured on the tour this year is owned by Peggy and Henry Hibbert, located on 1451 North Decatur Road NE. This classical home, designed by Lewis Edmund Crook and built in 1924, was one of the architect’s early jobs. The house displays many examples of the detailing for which Crook is known, including a formally styled exterior. Inside, a light and airy sense of easy living pervades the interior. Built for bachelor S. J. West, owner of the West Lumber Company, the house has always been well maintained, reflecting the fact that it has had only three owners. The current homeowner, who purchased the home in 1998, renovated the kitchen but pursued only light remodeling.

Another home built by Ivey and Crook is the home of Jennie Saliers and Bill Levisay, located on 1284 Fairview Road NE. Set back from the street on a broad lawn, this 1923 Georgian Revival house was Ivey and Crook’s job number 112. The house exemplifies Crook’s interest in using regional precedent in the construction of local homes. Of particular interest is a framed set of original floor plans in the stairwell. Built for Morris Eiseman, who served as president of the Georgia Retail Clothiers and Furnisher Association, the home’s second owners were Ralph and Alene Uhry. Their son, Alfred Uhry, is the famed playwright who authored “Driving Miss Daisy” and grew up in the house. The Miss Daisy character was based on
Alfred’s grandmother Lena Fox who lived with the family for a period of time. Subsequent owners hired designer Vern Yip to undertake renovations of the master bath and kitchen while also adding a pool.

In addition to the Ivey and Crook homes, the tour will feature a series of free events open to the public at Emory Village including an Artist Market, nightly entertainment, Institute of Classical Architecture (ICA) Lecture on the architectural firm of Ivey and Crook, a guided Walking Tour of Ivey and Crook buildings on the Emory University campus, and the Patch Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk and Tot Trot. Tickets may be purchased in advance on the website: druidhillstour.org. Proceeds from the tour and events benefit the Druid Hills neighborhood, which 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.

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