Do you love the colorful Victorian homes of Inman Park? Filled with picturesque Victorian mansions, this beautiful neighborhood is conveniently close to Little Five Points, Candler Park, Decatur, East Atlanta, and Downtown. Over the years, this historical neighborhood has experienced its ups and downs. What’s the story behind this unique neighborhood?
Atlanta’s First Planned Residential Suburb
Back in the late 1800’s, city workers lived and worked in the bustling downtown area. In an effort to obtain more peace and quiet for residents, Joel Hurt began building homes two miles east of downtown Atlanta on the land previously destroyed during the Civil War.
Fascinated by trolley neighborhoods in other parts of the country, Hurt built homes along the city’s first trolley line into downtown Atlanta. Characterized by beautiful parks filled with lush trees, huge lots and curved streets, upper-crust Atlantans flocked to this area.
Inman Park is named after Samuel Inman, a cotton broker and financier. Inman invested in streetcars with Hurt and also earned a sizeable fortune investing in banks. A staple of the Atlanta community, Inman entered the realm of politics and served on the board of different civic organizations. Avid philanthropists, the Inman family donated money to the Georgia Institute of Technology, Oglethorpe University, Agnes Scott College and the High Museum of Art.
Home to many famous Atlanta elites, Inman Park served as the home to Asa G. Candler, founder of the Coca-Cola Company. Asa’s brother Warren, a Methodist church bishop, also lived in Inman Park. Former governors Allen Candler and Alfred Colquitt also resided in some of the community’s mansions.
Decline of the Community
Later on in the mid-1900’s, residents left behind their city homes to live in the suburbs, and the neighborhood began to deteriorate. However, in 1970 the community banded together to form the Inman Park Neighborhood Association. By 1973, the neighborhood became a part of the National Register of Historic Places and was revitalized.
You may notice that the Inman Park logo includes an image of a black and yellow butterfly. If you look closely into the pattern of the butterfly, you can spot the silhouette of two faces looking in opposite directions. This symbolizes one face glancing back into history and one face peering onward into the future.
Created in 1970 buy resident Ken Thompson, he designed a logo that would honor both the history of the neighborhood as well as symbolize the community’s hopeful future. Found throughout the neighborhood, the community has truly embraced this symbol.
Inman Park Today
Today, Inman Park is a thriving neighborhood filled with beautifully restored Victorian homes, big and small. The Inman Park Neighborhood Association continues its restoration efforts and raises funds primarily through its three-day festival, The Inman Park Festival. Featuring artist booths, music and food, this festival draws a large crowd every year.
Would you like to live in Inman Park? Our Atlanta real estate company would be happy to find you a charming Victorian home. We cover a variety of different neighborhoods both within the city of Atlanta as well as outside the perimeter. Contact our real estate office at Team Sterling to buy a home you will love.