Taking You Places You Have 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 have 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 view previous CIRCA events, please visit its message board.




What: Join us for CIRCA’s May meeting at the City of Pine Lake, GA 30072

When:  Saturday, May 13, 2017. Tour begins at 11:00am; gather at 10:45am. 

Where:  Meet at the Clubhouse parking lote, 470 Clubhouse Drive

Directions and Parking:  

Directions to Pine Lake Clubhouse – 470 Clubhouse Dr., Pine Lake, GA (many mapping applications call it Stone Mountain instead of Pine Lake)

• From Memorial Dr, go East on Rockbridge Rd.
• Once you pass Hambrick Rd. in less than ¼ mi and you will see Pine Lake Baptist Church on the left.
• Turn left at the signal - Spring St.)
• Almost immediately Spring becomes one-way.
• Turn right on Poplar to the four way stop.
• Turn left on Clubhouse.
• Go one block and Clubhouse becomes a circle around “The” Clubhouse.
• Just as you pass the Clubhouse turn left into the parking lot. You have arrived. 
A map is available in the link below:

Reservations:    None required.

Fee:  Free for CIRCA members and first-time guests; $10 for others.  For questions about your  membership, please contact the Atlanta Preservation Center at 404-688-3353, ext. 10.

Description:  Pine Lake was established as a city in December 1937, after a short life as a summer retreat run by the Pine Woods Corporation. The corporation sold lots around a small fishing lake to Atlantans who lived in faraway areas like Buckhead for use as a weekend retreat. The 20' x 100' lots sold for $69, and the advertisement for lots directed people "from Decatur down the [unpaved] Rockbridge Road East." Many homeowners continued to use their property as a weekend getaway long after the city incorporated.

The lake was a formerly widened region of Snapfinger Creek, and the valley that encompasses much of the town was previously a corn field. The lake was dammed by the Army Corp of Engineers as erosion and flood control, prior to the official FDR lake projects.  In 2010, Pine Lake acquired a grant to dredge the lake and make improvements to the wetlands which were developed on each end of the lake.  This has resulted in significantly cleaner water in Snapfinger Creek as it exits Pine Lake than when it entered.

Many of the houses date from the founding of the city, and each one is unique.  Houses fill the bulk of their lots and trees are everywhere. Lawns, in the rare places reached by the sun, are pocket-sized and surrounded by flowering shrubs and trees. Homeowners paint their already unusual houses unusual colors and express their individuality with yard decorations ranging from pterodactyls on their roofs to painted mannequins half-buried in the ground.

Every first Saturday of the month residents get together for a Pancake Breakfast sponsored by PLAIN (Pine Lake Association of Involved Neighbors) On the second Saturday the Beach House becomes the Pine Lake Lounge and is home to jazz, blues, songwriters, solo acts, and poetry readings. The recently adopted city motto “Art’s Natural Habitat” reflects the primary shared values: Arts, Environment and Community.

Mayor Melanie Hammet will be giving the tour of the City of Pine Lake.  FYI:  There will be hilly terrain to walk during the tour.  After the tour you are welcome to explore the walking trails around the lake and the Eastern and Western Wetlands. There are 20 informational kiosks along the paths that will help you understand the ecology of area.