Avondale Estates in Dekalb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Gutzon Borglum House
In 1924, Borglum becam an early resident of the city of Avondale Estates, one of the first planned communities in Georgia. George Willis, the city's founder and Borglum's close friend, had urged him to live here while working on the Stone Mountain carving. Borglum accepted because Avondale Estates was convenient both to Atlanta and to his work on Stone Mountain.
In a controversial funding dispute with the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, Borglum destroyed his models for the carving and left Avondale Estates in 1925 to begin his monument work on Mt. Rushmore in South Dakota. Borglum died in 1941.
Erected 1983 by Avondale Community Action. (Marker Number 044-90.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 46.524′ N, 84° 15.962′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Avondale Estates GA 30002, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Waffle House (approx. 0.7 miles away); July 22, 1864 (approx. 1½ miles away); Historic Decatur Cemetery (approx. 1½ miles away); Battle of Decatur (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Stoneman Raid (approx. 1.7 miles away); Garrard’s Cavalry Raid (approx. 1.7 miles away); Wheeler’s Cav. at Decatur (approx. 1.7 miles away); DeKalb County (approx. 1.8 miles away).
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