Neighborhood History
The Grant Park neighborhood was named for Lemuel P. (L.P.) Grant, a civil engineer for the Georgia Railroad who has been called the "Father of Atlanta." Grant Park, as a neighborhood, began to be populated in the 1890's. Craftsmen built many of the architecturally distinctive homes you see today.
Lemuel Pratt Grant (1817-1893)
I voice the deepest appreciation on the part of the descendants of Colonel Grant that his home city should do him this great honor. We certainly do not claim, nor do we deserve any credit for his service. Those of you, if any there are here, who knew him and labored with him in the building of his and your own fortunes and the fortunes of Atlanta, had much to do, as is true always of friends and acquaintances, with making him kindly and generous and upright. We are all more or less what our friends expect us to be. You, therefore, share a responsibility for such good works as he did, while we do not. Feeling thus, I may with all propriety say that this recognition was due his memory, and is a timely expression of the grattitude fo the people with whose fortunes he was so long ago identified. We thank the city, Mr. Mayor, and the council, Mr. Johnson, and the Board of Park Commissioners, Mr. Pucket, for putting it thus beautifully in concrete form today.
The GPNA Historic Committee is an active and dedicated group of volunteers who work to promote, preserve, research and enhance the historic character of the Grant Park neighborhood. Click here for more details...
Do you have stories to tell and memories to share about our Grant Park neighborhood way back when? Interested in learning more about our neighborhood's history as it's related by past residents?
It was in 1870, just a few years after the Civil War and Atlanta was on the move upwards. Many homes were being built in the neighborhood of Bell and Decatur Streets and Edgewood Avenue. . . .
The Atlanta Preservation Center (APC) presents an approximately 1.5 hour guided walking tour of historic Grant Park every Sunday beginning at 10 a.m. every Sunday from March 1 - November 31. Many of the historic structures and landmarks in the neighborhood are highlighted, including the Grant Mansion, the Burns Mansion, Grant Park, the Cyclorama and Fort Walker.
Online gallery of Grant Park photos and other images...
Would you like to unlock the mysteries of your home? In this house research primer we'll give you tips on where to look and what to look for.
As part of an effort to document neighborhood history, the Grant Park Neighborhood Association (GPNA) Historical Committee is collecting and recording local ghost stories and neighborhood legends...
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