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Meetings Set For Discussion Of Grant Mansion Purchase And Recreation

Land Use and Zoning
Interested Grant Park residents will have the opportunity to hear the inside story on the Atlanta Preservation Center’s (APC) recent purchase of Grant Mansion as well as the center’s future plans for the historic home. Two neighborhood meetings will be held in the grand hallway of the mansion itself, which is located at 327 St. Paul Avenue SE.

Interested residents are invited to attend the following meetings:
  • Saturday, December 15, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Monday, December 17, 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.*
*There is no electricity in the Grant Mansion so bring a flashlight for the Monday evening meeting.

These informational gatherings will serve to educate area residents and immediate neighbors of the mansion’s significant purchase by the APC and the center’s plans to restore the existing portions of the home and recreate the remaining portions that have been lost to fire and neglect over the years. Neighbors will also learn more about the project timeline and the use of Grant Mansion in future years as the APC headquarters, resource center and house museum.

A contract to purchase Grant Mansion, often called Atlanta's most significant and endangered house, was signed last week by the APC, and is quickly stirring up a great deal of interest within the neighborhood. The two-story, Italianate mansion was built in 1857 by Lemuel P. Grant (1817-1893), a railroad magnate, city builder and philanthropist who donated 100 acres to the city for the creation of Grant Park.

The importance of the antebellum Grant Mansion was recognized by one-time owner Margaret Mitchell who made early attempts to fund the home’s preservation. The APC resource center and museum that will inhabit the home within the next several years will provide an opportunity for Atlantans to learn more about the history of the city and the role that L.P. Grant played through his many accomplishments in the transportation industry.

For more information regarding the purchase of the Grant Mansion, see related story.