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Street of the Week: Rock Springs Road in Atlanta's Morningside Neighborhood

Posted on 29, August 2011 by csadmin

For the inaugural Street of the Week, we'll take a look down Rock Springs Road, between Morningside Drive and Piedmont Road in Morningside.  Plenty of 1920s charmers await...

Fair warning: a search for Rock Spring's namesake water source probably won't end in success.  The mouthwatering aromas permeating the air around Fat Matt's, where the springs were located, are almost guaranteed to suck you in for a taste of Atlanta's best barbecue.

Rock Springs Road seems far removed from the commercial hubbub of nearby Piedmont and Cheshire Bridge Road.  The verdant, suburban nature of the street might come as a surprise, and that's something I'm sure would make the original developers proud.  Construction in the Morningside neighborhood began in 1923, in an area that was considered far removed from the city center, but still an easy commute via streetcar or automobile. Unfortunately, during the late 1960s and early 1970s the sylvan character of Rock Springs Road came under attack.

During that period, plans were revealed for I-485.  This roadway would have sliced straight through the heart of Morningside, in addition to sullying Virginia Highland and Poncey Highland.  At one point, Rock Springs Road itself was proposed for the site of a highway interchange!  Luckily, Morningside residents weren't the quiet type. The fierce neighborhood opposition that ensued not only saved the neighborhood from almost certain ruin, but also planted the seeds of the intown renaissance Atlantans enjoy today.

Homes on the street range from small cottages to more imposing (but still modest) European styled homes.   A majority of the original homes survive, with the occassional newer tear down thrown in for some variety.  Most of the homes incorporate some Old World element in their architecture, usually of the English or French variety.  Small wonder that the early model homes in nearby Lenox Park had names like "The Chateau," "The Barclay," and "The Sussex."  This stretch of the road feeds into the sought after Morningside, Inman, Grady school cluster, with homes commonly priced between $400,000 and $800,000.

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