Neighborhood of the Month:
November – Woodlawn Historic District
The Woodlawn Historic District runs along both sides of Woodlawn Avenue between Milledge Avenue and Stanton Way. The architecture characteristic of the district includes Colonial Revival, Classical Revival, Tudor Revival and Craftsman Bungalows typical of early 20th century residences. The residential neighborhood was platted in 1909 and is arranged with the houses on large lots that face the straight linear Woodlawn Avenue. It similar to the Milledge Circle Historic District in that they are both comprised of early 20th century architecture. It should also be noted that the Woodlawn Historic District includes a residence designed by local architect Fred Orr who also designed several other houses in Athens including in the Bloomfield Historic District as well as in Atlanta and throughout Georgia and neighboring states.
180 Woodlawn Avenue
The house is indicative of the Tudor Revival style with its emphasis on verticality. Its stylistic features include half-timbered gables, an asymmetrical plan, tall and narrow windows on either side of the main entrance, and the use of brick and stucco for siding materials. The Tudor Revival style gained popularity in suburban America during the first quarter of the 20th century, borrowing inspiration from its predecessors in medieval England. Revivals of the 20th century led to architectural eclecticism. This trend introduced more than a dozen stylistic options for homeowners to choose from, and with the Tudor Revival emulating a cozy, family space, it was a strong contender.
227 Woodlawn Avenue
The Andrew J. Cobb House was home to Andrew J. Cobb, a Justice of the State Supreme Court (1896-1907) and Judge of the Superior Courts of the Western Circuit of Georgia (1917-1921). The house is characteristic of the Bungalow/Craftsman style with its features including an emphasis on horizontality, a low-hipped roof, a large, centralized dormer, bracketed eaves, clustered columns situated on top of piers, and a large porch. The Bungalow/Craftsman style was prided for its simplicity, functionality, and harmony with its surroundings.
240 Woodlawn Ave-The Sidney Boley House
Sidney Boley was a notable Jewish businessman in the Athens community, and a charter member of the Athens Chamber of Commerce. He emigrated to the United States from Germany in 1891, and built his house at 240 Woodlawn Ave in 1918. The house combines elements of Craftsman and Colonial styles typical of the district. Craftsman elements include its form, rough stone and plaster, clay tile roof, and the porte cochere. Classical Revival elements include the semi-elliptical porch and modillion cornices.
299 Woodlawn Ave
This simple Craftsman house was built in 1940. It sits on a quarter-acre at the corner of Woodlawn and Stanton, with the distinction of the Woodlawn Historic District sign in front of its sidewalk. Craftsman characteristics include the wood siding, prominent front porch, hardwood floors, gabled roof supported by knee braces, and its harmony with the landscape.