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Historic Kirkwood hosts a large stock of Victorian and Craftsman style homes along with new homes in traditional styles. In 2007 The Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization in conjunction with faculty and students of the Georgia Tech Department of Historic preservation obtained final approval to establish the Kirkwood Historic District from the Board of the National Register of Historic Places. With nearly 3000 contributing properties, the Kirkwood Historic District will be the largest of its kind in the State of Georgia, is among the largest urban districts in the country and will build awareness of the area’s unique history, people, events and architecture. http://www.atlantamyhome.com/
Kirkwood School Lofts: Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002, the Kirkwood School was originally constructed in 1910 with additional buildings added in the following decades. The school was converted to loft apartments and serve as an excellent example of preservation methods and adaptive re-use. In 2005 the 24 apartment units were sold as loft condominiums.
The Craftsman Influence: The Craftsman Bungalow, the most prominent architectural home style in Kirkwood reflects the areas growth throughout the community’s early twentieth century as a streetcar suburb of bustling Atlanta.
The style was renowned for its simple lines and down-to-earth functionality, a clear departure from the grandeur of earlier Victorian homes of the late 1800’s. Urban pioneers revered the essence of these simpler times and today the community's craftsman homes are highly sought after, fetching a premium on resale.
Local Architect Frank Ruggles, a Boston-born transplant to turn of the century Kirkwood exercised the craftsman influence in many of his unique designs throughout the neighborhood. Many of the Ruggles-designed homes can still be seen along Warlick Avenue and along much of Howard Street NE.
New Homes, Old Style: In addition to the large stock of historic homes, one of Kirkwood’s greatest attributes is its capacity for new homes that meet the needs of modern living while maintaining the traditional fabric of the surrounding community.
Since the mid 1990’s Kirkwood has experienced a surge of new single family homes through infill development on existing lots and the construction of small enclaves such as Hawthorn Park.
Additional projects on the horizon include three new subdivisions totaling approximately 50 homes with continued infill development.
Although there are not currently any historic protections in place for the community at large, The Kirkwood Neighbors’ Organization and Neighborhood Planning Unit-O work closely with developers, builders and the City of Atlanta to ensure that new development is sensitive to a variety of needs throughout the community.