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Welcome to Kirkwood

Welcome to RANA's Kirkwood Home Page. Here you will find important information about the community. If you can't find the information you desire, please email us and we'll make every effort to assist you.

Kirkwood History

Kirkwood traces its beginnings to residential development back to the 1870s. While no one would consider Kirkwood a suburb of Atlanta today, an early tour book described it as an area of beautiful suburban villas. Kirkwood was an early streetcar suburb to Atlanta. By 1910 streetcars provided express service to and from Atlanta three times daily, and street cars continued service along some streets including Kirkwood Road until the early 1950ís.

Kirkwood was incorporated as an independent municipality in 1899. Governed beginning in 1899 by its own city council and mayor, the town boasted its own water system, school systems and fire department. The former Kirkwood School is a handsome building from this period, located on Kirkwood Road just north of Bessie Branham Park. Individually nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, the primary building on the propertyís south side was originally designed by John Francis Downing, the son of the noted Atlanta architect W. T. Downing. Both buildings now comprise the Kirkwood Lofts apartments as a result of a $1 million renovation in 1997.

In 1922, Kirkwood residents voted for annexation into the city of Atlanta.


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