Leila Ross Wilburn and the MAK Historic District Walking Tour


Leila Ross Wilburn, b. 1885, attended Agnes Scott Institute, and lived in the MAK (McDonough Street, Adams Street, and Kings Highway) neighborhood of Decatur her entire adult life. She became the second registered female architect in Georgia and went on to create hundreds of house plans, institutional buildings and residences. Leila Ross Wilburn’s designs are featured all over Atlanta and Decatur, but the epicenter is the MAK neighborhood. In this tour, we will focus on the MAK district, which features several of her early home designs. We will discuss her designs in detail and what makes them unique. We will also discuss Wilburn as a female architect, what that meant and how it influenced her design choices.  

Total walking distance: less than 1 mi

Tour Duration: 1.5 hours

Tour Meeting Location: Outdoor benches, halfway down block on Adams Street at Beacon Hill Middle School (Renfroe Middle School)

GPS Address and Parking: 130 Adams Street, Decatur GA 30030

Tour is rain or shine, however you may choose to attend a different date. Please contact Marissa if you wish to change your date. A make-up date may be added.

Contact Marissa for questions or tour changes: or 404 373 1088 ext 1003

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