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    Ansley Park Tour

    The Atlanta Preservation Center
    Tour Atlanta’s first driving suburb, developed in 1904 as the dream of Edwin P. Ansley who envisioned a new motorcar-oriented suburb of wide, winding streets and green parks designed to attract Atlanta's wealthiest and most prestigious families. In fact, Ansley Park was home to Georgia's Governors Mansion for many decades and to Margaret Mitchell for most of her life. Ansley's vision of a gracious, harmonious neighborhood as an oasis in the midst of the bustling city of Atlanta lives on today in this National Register District.
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    L.P. Grant Mansion Tour

    The Atlanta Preservation Center
    Lemuel Pratt Grant built a three story Italianate structure in 1856 with his first wife Laura L. Williams. The house served as a hospital during the Civil War, is the birth place of golf legend Bobby Jones and was owned by Margaret Mitchell. This house tour highlights L.P. Grant's life and contributions to the city, while telling the rollercoaster story of his home and chronicling several chapters of preservation efforts over the past thirty years.
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    Grant Park Tour

    The Atlanta Preservation Center
    The 1856 Grant Mansion, historic homes, Confederate fortifications, Zoo Atlanta and the Atlanta Cyclorama enhance the strong community ties of this Historic District. Walk through Grant Park's living history. The park, the centerpiece of this revitalized neighborhood, was given to the city in 1883 by entrepreneur Lemuel P. Grant and quickly became a favorite spot because of its beautiful lake, numerous springs and amusement area.
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    Midtown SoNo Commercial District Tour

    The Atlanta Preservation Center
    Tour Atlanta’s first commercial district built north of Downtown. Learn about the businessmen, architects and prominent families who drove the creation of the district. Experience Peachtree Street as a timeline by following the architectural development from Queen Anne period styles to Art Deco to New Formalism. See the birth place of NASCAR and hear about celebrities, such as Margaret Mitchell and Julia Roberts, and of Midtown oddities, such as Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie's throne and Japanese Zero war planes.
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    Sweet Auburn Tour

    The Atlanta Preservation Center
    Stroll down Sweet Auburn Avenue, the heart of African-American commerce and culture in Atlanta at the turn of the century. Discover landmarks of the Civil Rights Movement, and several historic African-American churches including Big Bethel AME Church, the first African-American church in Atlanta, and Ebenezer Baptist Church, the spiritual home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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    Druid Hills Tour

    The Atlanta Preservation Center
    Planned by Frederick Law Olmsted in 1893, the Druid Hills neighborhood offers the gracious ambiance created by America's preeminent landscape designer. View elegant homes of diverse architectural styles created by notable architects such as Neel Reid, W.T. Downing and Philip Shutze in a lush park-like setting of curving streets and mature plantings. The neighborhood is flanked by a recently restored and enhanced linear park system. The result of a preservation effort by several private and public organizations, the parks provide a calming scene for residents and passers-by.
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    Historic Downtown Tour

    The Atlanta Preservation Center
    See Atlanta’s first skyscrapers and learn how this early business district developed through efforts of the businessmen, architects and prominent families of the 19th and 20th centuries. Tour the interiors and exteriors of several of Atlanta’s Landmark structures and their environs. Atlanta's downtown architecture includes styles from the Victorian period to Art Deco to contemporary.
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    Inman Park Tour

    The Atlanta Preservation Center
    Visit Atlanta's first planned residential development. Dating from 1889, Inman Park has become a nationally celebrated example of neighborhood preservation. See the elegant homes built by Coca-Cola magnates Asa Candler and Ernest Woodruff. Discover the distinctive features that make up Victorian period architecture: turrets, sweeping porches and elaborate gingerbread woodwork. Also enjoy a variety of other home styles, from Craftsman to post World War II to architecturally compatible infill. This tour also includes a look inside the historic Trolley Barn, built in 1889 to service and house the electric streetcars of the Atlanta and Edgewood Street Rail Road Company and now adaptively reused as an event space.
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    Westview Cemetery 19th Century Tour

    The Atlanta Preservation Center
    Love to bury yourself in history? Then you'll certainly dig this walking tour of the Westview Cemetery! During this exciting stroll through the past, you'll have the opportunity to explore an active cemetery that has been around since 1894 and currently ranks as the largest cemetery in the Southeast. Throughout the tour, your guide will offer historical insights into some of principal figures of Atlanta's past now resting in the grounds, including Joel Chandler Harris, Lemuel Pratt Grant, Henry Grady, Asa Candler, and Harriett Harwell Wilson High. You'll also get a look at the famous 1890 Gatehouse and a stunning World War II era mausoleum and chapel. Missing out on this opportunity would be a grave mistake!
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