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New spirit is invigorating the area coming to be known as South Buckhead, or Sobu. Art galleries are moving in elbow-to-elbow with new restaurants, and vivid colors are giving the Peachtree Road district a bit of the flavor of Miami's South Beach. The area begins where Peachtree Road crosses I-85 at the Brookwood interchange and runs north along Peachtree to Peachtree Creek.
Courtyard gate Lively colors
In the late 1880s, prominent Atlanta hotel owner Joseph Thompson and his wife built a country estate called "Brookwood" in this area, and the enclaved Brookwood Hills neighborhood just off Peachtree in South Buckhead preserves this name as does the Brookwood AMTRAK station, designed by famed architech Neel Reid. In 1999, all that remained of a once-elegant row of Brookwood shops, also designed by Reid, was torn down for construction of Brookwood Place, a development of 111 condominiums, 26 townhomes and new retail shops.

South Buckhead also includes land from the estate of the pioneering Collier family, whose home was near the present Peachtree Road-Collier Road intersection, and the old site of "Deerland Park," an estate built in the 1890s where Piedmont Hospital now stands.

The 1939 map at right shows South Buckhead before construction of Atlanta's freeways. The huge Brookwood interchange, where the Downtown Connector now splits into Interstates 75 and 85 took a big bite out of this area, including homes designed by famed architect Neel Reid. The dark north-south street is Peachtree Road. 1939 map

Today South Buckhead increasingly is a destination for eclectic shoppers, art enthusiasts and those in pursuit of great food.

Among Sobu's galleries:

Kiang Gallery, 1923 Peachtree Rd., (404) 351-5477

Kubatana Gallery, 1841 Peachtree Rd., (404) 355-5764

Marcia Wood Gallery, 1831 Peachtree Rd., (404) 351-3930

Sandler Hudson Gallery, 1831-A Peachtree Rd., (404) 350-8480

Vaknin Schwartz, 1831 Peachtree Rd., (4040 351-0035

Rooftops Pink house
Urban rhythms Bright shops
Yellow angles Blue terrace
Robert Matre Gallery DOMO Gallery
Shady casa Miami flavor

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