The Gutzon Borglum House Avondale Estates - GHM 044-90 - DeKalb Co., GA
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N 33° 46.528 W 084° 15.954
16S E 753187 N 3740620
Quick Description: Gutzon Borglum, the world famous sculptor of Mt. Rushmore and the first man to work on the Confederate Memorial carving on Stone Mountain, lived in this house from 1924 to 1925.
Location: Georgia, United States
Date Posted: 8/4/2007 12:45:00 PM
Waymark Code: WM1YKP
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member mtn-man
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Long Description:
The Gutzon Borglum House
Avondale Estates
1924 ~ 1925

Gutzon Borglum, the world famous sculptor of Mt. Rushmore and the first man to work on the Confederate Memorial carving on Stone Mountain, lived in this house from 1924 to 1925. He had begun the Stone Mountain carving in 1923 with his plan that Included Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson and an army of Confederate soldiers on horseback, fading into the Granite.

In 1924, Borglum became 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 monumental work on Mt. Rushmore South Dakota. Borglum died in 1941.

Donner Avondale Community Action
GHM 060-113 GEORGIA HISTORICAL COMMISSION 1956

Located in Avondale Estates on the east side of Berkeley Rd between Kensington Rd and N Avondale Rd (US 278). Parking is available.

Type of Marker: Highway

Marker #: GHM 044-90

Date: 1983

Sponsor: Not listed

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