Subject Files : Architecture

Scroll the list to see what we have available in the archives on historic homes and properties in DeKalb. Most items require an in-person visit to view. Otherwise, file names in blue are available in digital form. We don’t have information on every home in DeKalb or Decatur. We have plat maps for districts 15, 16, and 18 from various eras that MAY show your street/neighborhood. Most of the files here are newspaper articles collected by DHC staff over the years. Others contain Historic Register applications. Email us to get more information. See also our Photographs page.

DeKalb County Historic Preservation division- click here

There are 2 collections related to property in DeKalb- check the Special Collections page for Candler Sr. collection and DeKalb Deeds.

In the meantime, check out these websites and flyers to get information on your property:

Superior Court Real Estate

City of Decatur

DeKalb County Tax Commissioner

House History research

Researching Your House



1960s suburban architecture – DeKalb

Georgia Historic Landscape Initiative

Historic Preservation

Log Cabins


Ranch houses

Single Family Residential Development in DeKalb County, 1945-1970; other building and historic area reports can be found here at Georgia State University’s ScholarWorks page, including Arabia Mountain, Decatur, Kirkwood, Stone Mountain, and more

Women Architects in Atlanta, 1895-1979 (article from The Atlanta Historical Journal)



Ivey and Crook

Logan and Williams

Mastin and Associates

Robert and Company

Walker and Chase


Historic Buildings/Properties

Blair – Rutland Building

Briarcliff – Normandy Apartments

Brownings Courthouse

Callaway Grocery, Decatur

Cora Beck Hampton Schoolhouse

Decatur City Hall

Decatur Depot

Decatur Waterworks

DeKalb Building

DeKalb County Jail Houses

Emory Woods Apartments

Galloway Livery Stable

Hotel Candler

Houston Chapel

New Courthouse (built in 1968)- 556 N McDonough St, Decatur

Old Courthouse (now DeKalb History Center) – History

Old Courthouse – Images (see also Photographs, Box 13)

Old Courthouse – Lawn, Trees, Objects

Old Courthouse Renovations 1820s – 1965

Old Courthouse Renovations 1966-1988

Old Courthouse Renovations 1989- present

Old Courthouse- Vietnam Memorial Plaque

Post offices

Pythagoras Lodge No. 41, Masonic Temple, Decatur

R.F. Sams Farm

Ridley Howard House-Clairemont and Scott Blvd.

United States Post Office, Decatur GA


Historic Districts (see also Communities and Neighborhoods)

Arabia Mountain

Clairemont Avenue

East Ponce de Leon Corridor

Emory Grove

Glenwood Road Historic Corridor


Longview-Huntley Hills (Chamblee) (Oversized Map)

M.A.K.  (McDonough, Adams, Kings)

Old Decatur

Ponce de Leon Court

University Park, Emory Highlands, Emory Estates


Historic Homes (see also Special Collections DeKalb News/Sun photos, box 6)

129 Church Street

152 Superior Avenue, Decatur: “Tucked-In” historic garden

226 East Lake Drive (see also our YouTube channel, ” Tudor Revival and East Lake”)

311, 313, 314 S Fourth Ave

408 Glendale Ave, Decatur

417 East College Ave

422/424 West Ponce de Leon Ave– “Rock House”; The Marlay House since 2008; previously Ya-Ya’s and The Angel

604 Clairemont Ave

619, 623, 627 Sycamore St

636, 703 Sycamore St

724 East Lake Dr

822 Lullwater Road, “Driving Miss Daisy” home

1115 Lullwater Road

1192 McLendon Ave., Maj. Moreland house

1260 McLendon Ave., Kuhn estate

1848 N. Decatur Road

Adair house- 1341 S Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta

Alston house, or Meadow Nook- 2420 Alston Dr

Ansley, William Smith house- 349 S Candler St, Decatur

Argo-Tilson-Bixler home

Atlanta’s White House- Briarcliff Rd

Avary-Fulton home, or Fulton House- S. Columbia Drive

Benning, Augustus H. home, Oakdale Road

Biffle Cabin (1 of 2)
Biffle Cabin (2 of 2)

Billups, Lanier cabin

Bond family house- 1226 Rock Chapel Rd., Lithonia

Boxwood, also Rainwater Estate, or Dogwood Terrace- 794 Springdale Rd

“Briarcliff’ – Asa Candler home

Callan Castle- Inman Park

Callanwolde Mansion- 850 Briarcliff Rd

Candler, Bishop Warren A. Candler house

Candler-McKinney-Clarke home- 146 South Candler Street or 146 Candler Rd

Candler’s Kirk Road farm

Cheek-Spruill house- Chamblee-Dunwoody Road

Davidson cottage, Lithonia

Death House- Sycamore Street, Decatur

Donaldson-Bannister house and cemetery- 4831 Chamblee- Dunwoody Rd

Edwards-Malone home- 6886 Main Street, Lithonia

Evans-Williams home- Hairston Way, Stone Mountain

Everhart house, 6 Clairmont Ave, Decatur

Farmer, Neville and Helen (Lustron house)- 513 Drexel Avenue (see also our  YouTube channel)

Fischer-Hurt house- 4146 Chamblee-Dunwoody

“Forty Oaks”- McClendon St, Clarkston

Gentry, William T. house- East Lake

Glenwoods– 1632 Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta

Going, Commodore house, Johnson Ferry and Peachtree-Dunwoody

Goodwin, Solomon house- 3931 Peachtree Road

Great Oaks– Lithonia

Halliburton Hall- Clarkston

Harwell cabin- 326 Hill St, Decatur

Hester house– 4130 E Ponce de Leon Avenue, Clarkston

“High House”- Decatur

House, Samuel home- Peachtree Road at Ashford-Dunwoody Road

Houston home- 418 Church St, Decatur

Houston Mill house- Atlanta

Houston Mill house – Atlanta; From the Carr Collection

Housworth homeplace- Lithonia

Jackson (Tom) house- Candler Road

Johnson home- Howard Ave, Decatur

Kemp-Castle house

Lindig cabin- Lithonia

Loyd homeplace

Lullwater farm, estate- 1483 Clifton Road

Lumpkin-Compton-Broome house- Decatur

Lyon Farm

Lyon House

Mann, J.W.  house- 1918 Dresden Drive, Chamblee

Marble house- 119 North McDonough Street, Decatur

Marble Palace- 1428 Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta

Mary Gay House (1 of 2)
Mary Gay House (2 of 2)

McPherson cabin

Mebane house- Spalding Dr, Dunwoody

Milledge house- Decatur

Moore’s Plantation- South DeKalb

Morris house- Clarkston

Morris house- East Lake Road

Murphey Candler house- 158 S Candler Street

“Paradiso”, 1695 Ponce de Leon Ave

Pearce house- 125 Madison Ave., Decatur

Perrin house- Clarkston

“Pinebloom”- 1585 S Ponce de Leon Ave, Atlanta

Pines, Russel and Nellie (Lustron house)- 2081 Sylvania Drive

Ponce de Leon Infirmary or Pappenheimer home

Powell, Chapmon house (medicine house)

Ragsdale house- Arabia Mountain

“Rainbow Terrace”- 1610 Ponce de Leon

Red Cross house- Sycamore, Decatur

Rest Haven- 940 Springdale Rd

“Rosewood”- 2740 Alston Drive, East Lake

Sage house

Sams, Sr., Mrs. Hansford home– Candler Rd, Decatur

Scott-Cooper house- Sycamore, Decatur (now home to the Decatur Recreation Center and Scott Park)

Seminary- 6886 Main Street, Lithonia

“Shady Lawn” (see our Blog)

Sheppard home

Smith-Benning house- 520 Oakdale Road

Spivey log cabin- 4069 Norman Rd, Stone Mountain

Steele-Cobb house- 2632 Fox Hills Dr, Decatur, “Briarpatch”

Steward-Rowland-DeJarnatt house- Barry St, Decatur

Stillwood Plantation- Briarcliff Road

Stonehaven- Stone Mountain

Stonehenge- 1410 Ponce de Leon

Sutherland house

Swanton House (1 of 3)
Swanton House (2 of 3)
Swanton House (3 of 3)

Swanton House, gifts

Thomas-Barber cabin

Thompson cabin

Thornton house- Stone Mountain

Towers-Fowler-Thompson house- Stone Mountain

T.R.R. Cobb house

Tullie Smith house

Villa MiraFlores- 1214 Villa Drive, Atlanta

Williams House- Clarkston

“Wisteria (or Wistaria) Hall”- 2249 Wisteria Way, Atlanta

Woolford, Cator home (1 of 2)- 1815 Ponce de Leon Ave
Woolford, Cator home (2 of 2)

Zuber-Jarell house- Flat Shoals Ave