Chamblee, GA, March 28, 2017 – The Post Reports – The Longview-Huntley Hills Historic District in Chamblee has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The historic district is located south of Interstate 285, northwest of Peachtree Boulevard, and east of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road in Chamblee, Ga.
The nomination was sponsored by the Huntley Hills Neighborhood Association, and the nomination materials were prepared by graduate students in Georgia State University’s Heritage Preservation Program.
The Longview-Huntley Hills neighborhood was developed in response to rapid population growth north of Atlanta in the decades following World War II. This middle-class automobile suburb was designed to provide well-built affordable housing for the families of workers in nearby manufacturing plants, such as General Motors. The district is important as a designed suburb based on the new mobility provided by the automobile and the surrounding network of arterial streets. Its 13 platted subdivisions reflect the era’s predominant planning trends that included easy access to amenities such as schools and shopping centers. The district contains a good intact collection of mid-20th-century houses that followed major national trends, with some distinctive Georgia influences on the various types and styles. Many of the houses were based on plans by W. D. Farmer, an Atlanta native considered a pioneer in the production of stock designs found in pattern books.
The neighborhood was constructed in several phases between the 1950s and the early 1970s. The layout of the approximately 800 lots is irregular, with curvilinear streets on gently rolling hills with mature trees. Residential architecture includes good examples of the American Small House, the split-level house, split-foyer house, and various styles and sub-types of ranch houses. Nonresidential resources include Huntley Hills Park, Huntley Hills Elementary School (1964), designed by one of Atlanta’s most progressive mid-20th-century architecture firms: Finch, Alexander, Barnes, Rothschild and Pascal (FABRAP), and the former sales office for the houses. A pool and clubhouse were constructed in 1959.
The National Register of Historic Places is our country’s official list of historic buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts worthy of preservation. The National Register provides formal recognition of a property’s architectural, historical, or archaeological significance. It also identifies historic properties for planning purposes, and insures that these properties will be considered in the planning of state or federally assisted projects. National Register listing encourages preservation of historic properties through public awareness, federal and state tax incentives, and grants. Listing in the National Register does not place obligations or restrictions on the use, treatment, transfer, or disposition of private property.
The Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources serves as Georgia’s state historic preservation office. Its mission is to promote the preservation and use of historic places for a better Georgia. HPD’s programs include archaeology protection and education, environmental review, grants, historic resource surveys, tax incentives, the National Register of Historic Places, community planning and technical assistance.
The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations, while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.