Taking You Places You've Never Been Before


CIRCA is an auxiliary educational group of APC that offers monthly behind-the-scenes tours of select historic sites in Atlanta and nearby areas.


CIRCA LogoWe see sites both before renovation begins and after the final touches have been completed.

Usually scheduled for the second Tuesday evening of the month March through December, CIRCA will take you places you’ve never been before.  Come explore with us!

To Join CIRCA, you need be a member of the Atlanta Preservation Center. Please visit Membership to join both the APC and CIRCA.

To see previous CIRCA events please visit its message board.




Join us Hillside for CIRCA's May meeting!

DATE:  Tuesday, May 10, 2016

TIME:  gathering at 6:15pm; tour at 6:30pm

ADDRESS:  690 Courtenay Drive, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30306-3421, but you will enter from Monroe Drive (see parking instructions below).  We will meet in the lobby of the Monroe building, which will be directly in front of you when you park.

PARKING:  enter through the Monroe Drive gates (1301 Monroe Drive) across the street from the Piedmont Park parking deck entrance.  (intersection of Monroe and Worchester - There is a traffic light and a large Georgia Power station at the intersection.)  Use the gate code 1776 to enter the campus and park in any open space.

FEE:  free for CIRCA members and first time guests; $10 for returning visitors.  For questions about your membership status, please contact the APC office at (404) 688-3353 ext. 10.

RESERVATIONS:  None required.


Founded in January 1888, Hillside is one of Atlanta’s oldest nonprofit organizations.  It began as a shelter for homeless women and needy children through efforts of a sponsoring group of women.  The home, which was to become Hillside, was initially named Home for the Friendless and operated from a ten-room house in Downtown Atlanta.  The home cared for women, children, and newborn babies.  Foster care placements and adoptions were also arranged as needed.  Space quickly became inadequate, and the home moved in 1889 to a house at Peters and Fair Streets, and then again in 1892 to a site at Highland Avenue and Randolph Street.  As other agencies were formed to care for adults, the Home for the Friendless became exclusively a shelter for school-aged children. 

As the home grew, it needed more space.  In 1926 eight acres of rolling woodland at 690 Courtenay Drive were purchased and a contest was held to select a new name for the home.  Hillside Cottages was chosen as the new name along with the tag line “A friendly home for children.”  The Kiwanis Club of Atlanta donated the funds to build the first of the Hillside Cottages.  It was completed in 1927.  Just as Hillside’s location and facilities have changed over time, the mission of serving the most needy children has also evolved.  Today Hillside operates as a private, nonprofit organization offering a continuum of services for children and adolescents who have severe emotional and behavioral issues, and it has a 13-acre campus that houses its residential treatment program, administration offices, treatment foster care offices, and community programs offices.