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This is one of several new tours designed by ExploreATL Tours that focus on Historic Inman Park, Atlanta's first suburb. We also offer private tours for local residents and out of town visitors. Please see our Adventure Calendar for more dates and tours.
Historic Inman Park Walking Tour
This 5-mile (3.5-hour) walking tour is a fun and interesting way to get to know Atlanta's first suburb. The tour begins and ends at the Inman Park MARTA station. We stop for lunch at a wonderful spot called, Victory Sandwich Bar. The focus is on the history and homes of this stunning neighborhood
. You will also get to see new developments such as the Atlanta Beltline, Krog Street Market, Studioplex and more.
- This tour begins and ends at Inman Park MARTA station
- Please arrive at the meeting location no later than 0945
- If you arrive early there is a wonderful coffee shop called Proof Bakery next to the Inman Park station
- The itinerary and tour route may vary based on various factors including group size, weather, etc.
- We typically go if it is drizzling; we cancel if it is raining or if the temperature is expected to stay below 50-degrees F.
- Registration fees are non-refundable but you may self-cancel at anytime and apply 100% of your fee to a future tour
- You should be physically fit and perfectly capable of walking 5 miles in moderately hilly terrain at a brisk pace. If you have any doubts about your physical condition please do not register for this tour.
- The minimum age to participate is 12. Stroller-age children are welcome as long as they don't disrupt the tour.
- Pets are welcome as long as they don't bother other guests, are on a leash and you clean up after them.
- Cameras are fine but our tours may not be recorded by any means.
- Please contact guest support if you have specific questions not answered above.
Points of Interest Seen on this Tour
Historical Overview of Inman Park
- Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail
- Atlanta Stoveworks (Krog Street Market)
- Bass Junior High School
- Beath-Dickey House
- Callan Castle
- CSX Hulsey Yard
- Delta Park
- Freedom Park
- Freedom Park Trail
- General Pipe & Foundry Co. (Parish)
- Grinnell Building
- Inman Park - Moreland Historic District
- Inman Park Schoolhouse
- Inman Park Transit Station
- Inman Park United Methodist Church
- Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
- Joel Hurt Cottage
- Joel Hurt House
- Kriegshaber House (Wrecking Bar)
- Krog Street Market
- Krog Tunnel
- Moreland Elementary School
- Peach House
- Pendleton Apartments
- Springvale Park
- The Blue Horse (Mead Paper)
- The Gatsby Historic Condominium
- Trolley Barn
- Winship House (Sugar Magnolia B&B)
- Woodruff House (Inman Park B&B)
Inman Park was the first planned residential suburb developed in Atlanta. Its promoter, Joel Hurt, was one of the city's most important early builders. Improvements to the district, such as streets, a park, part of Atlanta's first electric streetcar line, landscaping and tree planting were well underway by the time the first lots were put up for auction in 1889, officially opening the development of the Inman Park suburb. Subsequently, more land was acquired and more lots subdivided by Joel Hurt's company, the East Atlanta Land Company, and Samuel Inman, the financier and cotton broker for whom the area was named. Inman Park was for some years occupied by many prominent Atlanta families who built typical late 19th-century Victorian homes on its picturesque landscaped streets. The founder of the Coca-Cola Company, Asa G. Candler, and his brother Warren A. Candler, a bishop in the Methodist Church and supporter of Emory University, both lived in the district. Among other important citizens of Atlanta who also lived in the neighborhood were Wilbur Fiske Glenn, an influential Methodist minister for whom Glenn Memorial Church on the Emory University campus is named; George King, founder of Atlanta's King Hardware; former Governors Allen Candler and Alfred W. Colquitt; Robert Winship, founder of Winship Machine Company; Ernest Woodruff, financier and officer of the Coca-Cola Company and his son Robert, who later assumed a prominent role in the Atlanta community.
Found in this historic district are examples of Queen Anne architecture, Colonial Revival, and Shingle Style homes and bungalows. Some notable buildings include the Jacobean Revival home designed by Atlanta architect W. T. Downing, called the Ernest Woodruff House, built in 1902. At the intersection of Euclid and Elizabeth streets are the Joel Hurt House and the Asa G. Candler House. The Hurt House, a brick building also designed by Downing, has a landscape designed by the Olmsted Brothers, the sons and successors of Frederick L. Olmsted, and the home itself reflects aspects of the Prairie School style. The Candler House is a monumentally scaled, red brick home articulated by white wooden details including a two-story Ionic columned portico, arched windows and doors, and ornamental cornices. Distinctive landscape features also characterize Inman Park; in addition to the two triangles of open space at the intersection of Euclid and Edgewood avenues, known as the Triangle and the Delta, Springvale Park provides a large corridor of green space in the center of the area. Inman Park's landscape designer was James Forsyth Johnson.
Inman Park underwent a slow decline for much of the 20th century until about 1970 when area residents founded the Inman Park Restoration, Inc. Inman Park is historically important because it provides an Atlanta example of the typical late 19th-century picturesque suburb conceived in a form similar to Frederick Law Olmsted's earlier influential Riverside outside of Chicago. Inman Park later influenced the growth of other Atlanta suburbs in the late 19th century.
Inman Park lies near the eastern boundary of the city of Atlanta and is due east of the financial center called Five Points. The district is roughly bounded by Lake, Hurt and DeKalb aves. and Krog St. The houses in the district are private residences and are not open to the public.
SOURCE: US National Park Service