NATIONAL REGISTER NOMINATION
Collier Hills Historic District
The Collier Hills Civic Association engaged Ethos Preservation to prepare a historic district nomination to the National Register of Historic Places for the Collier Hills neighborhood north of downtown Atlanta in 2022.
The Collier Hills Historic District is a representative example of the middle-class garden suburbs developed extensively in the Atlanta area during the early twentieth century. Before and after World War II, development trends reflected a movement away from single landowner development of large swaths of land to more standard, suburban development trends. This, paired with the city’s postwar growth, led to the annexation of significant land around the city’s core and subsequent suburbanization. The height of construction peaked in the 1940s when over 300 one- and two-story American Small Houses were built by speculative builder Herbert W. Nicholes. Additional development followed, to include multiple midcentury cul-de-sac appendages, the most notable of which incorporated sixteen houses built by Thomas Northcutt and Raymond Sanders. Known as Golf View, the subdivision’s houses were designed by architects James H. “Bill” Finch and Miller Barnes in “one of the first applications of modern and contemporary styles and house plans to a Ranch House neighborhood in the state." In 1962, architect Robert Green, a former apprentice to Frank Lloyd Wright, designed a house for the Copeland family adjacent to Tanyard Creek Park, followed by a neighboring design by architect Ryland Koets for use as his personal residence in 1971.
A predetermination of eligibility was successfully completed in 2022. Since, a complete nomination was authored to include field survey for the creation of a complete contributing buildings map. The nomination is now in review with anticipated adoption in 2023.