Leila Ross Wilburn and the MAK Historic District Walking Tour

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Leila Ross Wilburn, b. 1885, attended Agnes Scott Institute, and lived in the MAK (McDonough Street, Adams Street, and Kings Highway) neighborhood of Decatur her entire adult life. She became the second registered female architect in Georgia and went on to create hundreds of house plans, institutional buildings and residences. Leila Ross Wilburn’s designs are featured all over Atlanta and Decatur, but the epicenter is the MAK neighborhood.
 
In this tour, we will focus on the MAK district, which features several of her early home designs. We will discuss her designs in detail and what makes them unique. We will also discuss Wilburn as a female architect, what that meant and how it influenced her design choices.
 
This tour is in partnership with the Dekalb History Center.
 
The details
  • Meet at the outdoor benches, halfway down the block on Adams Street at Beacon Hill Middle School.
  • The total walking distance is less than one mile.
  • Tickets are required; no walkups allowed.
  • Tour is rain or shine, however you may choose to attend a different date. Please contact Marissa at Howard@dekalbhistory.org to change.
  • Face masks are currently optional for tours, however you are welcome to wear a mask if it makes you more comfortable.

Tour Admission

  • Non-Member: $17.50
  • Member: $12.50
  • Senior / Student / Child: $10.50
 
For any questions or to inquire about a private group tour, contact Jessie Grande at jessie@preserveatlanta.com.