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Druid Hills High School

Dekalb County Schools

Callanwolde & Golf Club

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Callanwolde was designed by noted architect Henry Hornbostel for Howard Candler, oldest son of Asa Candler (founder of Coca-Cola). Hornbostel studied classic architecture at Columbia University and Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. His architectural style draws upon the classic buildings from the Gothic, Tudor, and Renaissance periods. The Calanwolde mansion has 27,000 square feet.
The name Callanwolde is derived from the Candler family's connection to Ireland. In the 1670, William Candler was granted land at Callan in County Kilkenny in Ireland which included the ruins of an old fort or castle. William built a manor house on the property and named it "Callen Castle" even though it was not a castle. Wolde is an old English word meaning woods.

In 1959, Mrs. Candler donatd the estate to Emory University. Today, Callanwolde is maintained and owned by DeKalb County and operated by the Callanwolde Foundation. Callanwolde is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Carriage House


Entrance Foyer
The entrance foyer is one of many areas with walnut panelling and walnut flooring.

Great Hall
Most of the rooms in the mansion open onto a great hall on each floor.

Music Room

Grand Staircase

The gardens have been restored by the DeKalb County Federation of Garden Clubs.

The estate includes two conservatories, nature trails, and gardens on twelve acres.

Druid Hills Country Club

The Druid Hills Golf Club was founded in 1912 as a part of Frederick Olmsted plan for the neighborhood. George Adair campaigned for the course and was the founder of the club. Herbert H. Barker, one of the best golf architects at the time, was hired to design the club's eighteen-hole golf course. A petition to start the golf club was signed by 60 Atlantans, a veritable Who's Who of Atlanta in 1912. It was the first petition for a golf club in Atlanta. The club also had the support of the powerful Candlers who viewed the Druid Hills Golf Club as an important selling point in attracting people to purchase building lots. The golf club had no problem attracting members.
Today, the club has more than 1,000 members. The Druid Hills Golf Club also boasts eleven tennis courts, a full-sized pool, a formal dining room, causal snack bars, a fitness center, sauna, and other amenities. Bobby Jones, a Georgia Tech graduate, won the club championship at the age of 14.