Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 2:00pm
Roughly bounded by three major Athens streets—Milledge, Lumpkin, and Baxter—as well as the University of Georgia, it is no surprise the Bloomfield Historic District is a densely developed residential area. The neighborhood dates from the late-19th and early-20th century. With Bloomfield Street at its core, the district encompasses Hall, Mell, and Wilcox streets, Cloverhurst Terrace and Place, as well as portions of Springdale and Rutherford streets, and Cloverhurst Avenue. It developed as and continues to be a middle class neighborhood occupied by business owners, trades people, artisans, teachers, students, administrators, and technicians—many associated with the university. Calvin Parr, a local craftsman who specialized in stenciling and wall painting, built the first house in the district in 1889. This Queen Anne style cottage is on the National Register of Historic Places and continues to be lovingly maintained by its current owner, an artist and educator. The original neighborhood developer, industrialist Robert Bloomfield, was followed by his son-in-law John Talmadge, and John Mell. Locally famous architect Fred Orr designed some of the earlier houses. Later development of the district occurred along north to south and west to east lines to include homes in Victorian Eclectic, American Foursquare, and Bungalow and Craftsman styles. Some infill and replacement construction is ongoing, mostly following a neo-bungalow/craftsman style. A special feature within the district is a much used neighborhood park. This tour will last approximately 2 hours.
Dick Field has lived in Athens for 47 years. He was born in Iowa, raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and graduated from the University of Michigan. After service in the Army, he came to the University of Georgia for advanced degrees in forestry and never left. He is now fully retired after a career in forestry research, adult education administration, and environmental management. Dick served for many years on the Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission, the Hearings Board, and the Urban Tree Advisory Committee. He was the chair of the Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission when the North Oconee River Greenway was designed and the first elements were constructed. He was ACC’s first Environmental Coordinator. He is the Secretary of the Classic City Rotary Club and Treasurer of the Princeton United Methodist Church. Dick and his wife Susan raised their two sons in the Bloomfield Historic District. Their grandsons now play in the neighborhood park when they visit. This tour will last approximately two hours.