Milledge Circle Historic District
with John Waters
Sunday, October 10 at 2 pm
Sunday, November 7 at 2 pm
Milledge Circle from Five Points to West Lake Drive illustrates two types of suburban development in early Twentieth Century Athens: that stimulated by streetcars and that stimulated by the automobile. Evolving from an antebellum farm, Milledge Circle represents suburban development from c. 1890 to WWII which included the community’s first multi-story apartment development buildings (serviced by streetcar) as well as the West Lake Country Club, a recreational landscape for the well-to-do, and the surrounding properties serviced by the automobile. Residents ranged from teachers, clerks, and business managers to professionals and business leaders focused upon automobiles, banking, education, manufacturing, and construction concerns. Architecture features variations of a number of styles including: craftsman, colonial revival, Spanish eclectic, tudor, and neoclassical, with one home representing Athens’ first split-level residence. The area features seven houses designed by Athens architect, Fred Orr, as well as one house designed by a widely recognized female architect. A portion of the area is affectionately known as “High Ball Hill,” reflecting the preference of neighbors for afternoon social gatherings. The tour will last 1 ½ to 2 hours and conclude with a “High Ball Hill” reception. From Fire Hall #3, tour patrons will walk the streetcar suburb portion of the tour and a van will be provided for the automobile portion with a shuttle back to Five Points.
Your tour guide:
John Waters is founder and director of Graduate Studies in Historic Preservation at UGAs College of Environment and Design where he also teaches. An author and preservation activist, Waters has been instrumental in a number of local and state preservation organizations and the preservation of a number of Athens historic houses. He was one of the founders of Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, serving several terms as president. He was also a founder of the Joseph Henry Lumpkin Foundation, serving as its first president. Waters established the Fred J. Orr Society to recognize and perpetuate the works of Orr, a noted Athens architect of the twentieth century who designed the Milledge Circle home in which Waters resides, “Greyside.”