The Gutzon Borglum House

The Gutzon Borglum House (HM656)

Location: Avondale Est, GA 30002 Dekalb County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 46.524', W 84° 15.962'

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Avondale Estates

— 1924-1925 —

Guzon 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, Thoms J. "Stonewall" Jackson, and an army of Confederate soldiers on horseback, fading into the granite.

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.
HM NumberHM656
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number044-90
Year Placed1983
Placed ByAvondale Community Action
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Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 4:21pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 753175 N 3740612
Decimal Degrees33.77540000, -84.26603333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 46.524', W 84° 15.962'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 46' 31.44" N, 84° 15' 57.72" W
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Area Code(s)770, 404
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10 S Avondale Plaza, Avondale Est GA 30002, US
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