Grant Park is a beautiful neighborhood with many historic buildings and homes from the 1920s and 1930s. Grant Park, which contains the Atlanta Zoo and the Atlanta Cyclorama, is located in the heart of the neighborhood. Everything is linked by cozy brick walkways ideal for a nighttime stroll.
South of Interstate 20 and directly southeast of Downtown, this neighborhood can be found directly east of Turner Field. Nearby, in Oakland Cemetery, you can visit the resting places of several well-known Atlantans, including “Gone With the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell, who is honored with a monument worthy of a fairy tale. Memorial Drive is where the area’s young people congregate to eat Tex-Mex, noodles, and pub food.
Grant Park and the adjoining intown area are both nationally recognized historic districts in Atlanta, GA. On the east is Ormewood Park, on the north is Cabbagetown, on the south is Chosewood Park, on the southeast is Boulevard Heights, and on the west are Peoplestown and Summerhill.
In addition to the park, there are 48 acres of Oakland Cemetery (founded in 1851) nearby, where several Civil War veterans and 25 past mayors of Atlanta are laid to rest. The park and surrounding area were named after President Lemuel P. Grant, whose family once lived in the 1858 mansion located there. Other notable landmarks in the area include Fort Walker and the Atlanta Stockade. This magnificent estate is the city of Atlanta’s second oldest surviving residence. Locals are spoken for by the Grant Park Neighborhood Association.
Grant Park, along with Inman Park, is home to the city of Atlanta’s biggest concentration of preserved Victorian buildings. The majority of the area’s architecture dates back to the early 20th century, from 1882 (when the area was established) and the early 1900s. To the west of the park are large, two-story mansions, to the east are smaller, two-story, modified Queen Anne residences, and to the south are single-story Victorian era cottages and Craftsman bungalows.
Throughout the early 1900s, St. Paul United Methodist Church in the area had the largest Methodist congregation in the Southeastern United States. St. Paul is renowned for its stunning organ, which was purchased in 1887 and complements the church’s stunning stained glass windows. Saint Paul hosts the annual Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes and Artist Market in the month of December in conjunction with the Grant Park Cooperative Preschool (located on the ground floor of Saint Paul) and the Grant Park Parent Network. Each fall, the Grant Park Neighborhood Association hosts a Tour of Homes for the community.