It all started when...
Poncey-Highland was established between 1905 and 1930, and is bordered by Druid Hills and Candler Park across Moreland Avenue to the east, Old Fourth Ward across the BeltLine to the west, Inman Park across the eastern branch of Freedom Parkway to the south, and Virginia Highland to the north across Ponce de Leon Avenue. The Little Five Points area sits on the border of Poncey-Highland, Inman Park, and Candler Park.
The neighborhood is home to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, established in 1982. The Carter Center occupies an area of land that was originally the neighborhood of Copenhill, and which was razed to build an interchange between eight-lane highways: Interstate 485 (now Stone Mountain Freeway) east and west, and Georgia 400 and Interstate 675 north and south. The development was successfully stopped by the surrounding neighborhoods, leaving Freedom Parkway in the area where Georgia Department of Transportation had already demolished over 500 homes.
Today, a number of historic buildings still stand in Poncey-Highland, including:
- Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant (c. 1916, above bottom right), now home to a number of lofts and businesses, as well as neighbor to 725 Ponce.
- Western Electric Company building at 820 Ralph McGill, widely known as The Telephone Factory Lofts.
- Briarcliff Plaza, containing the Majestic Diner (c. 1929) and the Plaza Theatre (1939), an art-deco cinema hosting numerous film events and the focal point of independent cinema in Atlanta (above top right). The property was recently designated by the City as a historic structure.
- Clermont Hotel (above left), re-opening as Hotel Clermont. The new hotel sits atop the original basement Clermont Lounge — "Atlanta's oldest strip club," according to its website.
The Atlanta BeltLine, a multi-use corridor of walking and biking paths and eventually a light rail line, is currently being built on the old Southern Railway tracks that form the western boundary of Poncey-Highland (above: BeltLine Eastside Trail).
Around the intersection of North Avenue and North Highland are:
- Manuel's Tavern (above left), a local political hangout and one of Atlanta's oldest taverns
- Videodrome, an independent DVD and video rental retail
- The Highland Inn, one of Atlanta's only independent hotels
- Highland Ballroom (above right), a bar and event space located in the Highland Inn's basement area.
You can find some stellar historical photos of Poncey-Highland in this AJC photo gallery!