Enjoy one of Atlanta’s most adored spring events, hosted by the Druid Hills Civic Association, the 2016 Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens, April 22-24, 2016.

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"History Happens Here,” as the historic Druid Hills neighborhood comes alive, featuring six houses designed by renowned architects such as Neel Reid, the best of interior planning and decor, Southern fare, concerts featuring local musicians, as well as a Makers Market featuring arts and crafts by Georgia artists.

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.

Enjoy one of Atlanta’s most adored spring events, the 2016 Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Gardens and Makers Market, April 22-24, 2016. "History Happens Here,” as the historic Druid Hills neighborhood comes alive, featuring six houses designed by renowned architects such as Neel Reid, the best of interior planning and decor, Southern fare, concerts featuring local musicians, as well as a Makers Market featuring arts and crafts by Georgia artists.

The year the tour features Mary Emma and Dan McCounaughey’s home, 393 The Falls Court. Perched above historic Peavine Creek, this home in the style of mid-century modern was built between 1967 and 1969 on land originally slated to be a subdivision. Architect Herb Milkey based his design on Frank Lloyd Wright’s concept of integrating the home and surrounding landscape. The entire back wall of the house is made of glass, off which a deep terrace enables visitors to enjoy a panoramic view of a 120’ long waterfall. Wear your walking shoes to fully enjoy this spectacular in-town sanctuary.

Another fabulous home featured on the tour is owned by Melanie and Mac Platt, 1092 Springdale Road. Architect DeFord Smith designed the house for a local dentist in 1919. The homeowners’ choice of traditional décor and artwork by Georgia artists give this home a warm and inviting air. Fully renovated, expanded, and meticulously restored, the house functions perfectly for contemporary living but lost none of its original charm in the renovation process. With French doors spanning the length of the front of the first floor, a formal staircase, and original fixtures, it still aims to impress.

938 Springdale Road, is another exquisite home featured on the tour this year and it is owned by Joni Winston. While the architect’s identity is a mystery, we do know that the house dates to 1920 and was badly damaged by a serious fire around 1940. By 1999 when Joni Winston bought the house, it needed everything. She set off on a visionary’s quest to create her dream home. The renovation, which consumed 18 months, included stripping the house to the framing. Today, behind the traditional Colonial Revival façade, is a home built for modern living.

The 2016 tour events take place Friday, April 22, 1:00 – 5:00 PM; Saturday, April 23, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM; and Sunday, April 24, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Groups of six or more are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. 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 for the enjoyment of its residents today and in the future.

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