About Collier Heights

Collier Heights is a historic area in the city of Atlanta on the northwest side.

Per a 1961 Neighborhood Plan, the original Collier Heights boundaries were marked to the west by Carroll Road, to the east by Hightower Road, to the north by Bankhead Highway and to the south by Gordon Road. Today those boundaries would be known as Fulton Industrial Boulevard, Hamilton E. Holmes Drives, Donald Lee Hollowell Drive, and Martin Luther King Drive. Like many neighborhood areas in Atlanta, is composed of smaller communities (i.e. Symphony, Jamaica, Woodlawn Heights and King’s Gate) created by the original developers.

Collier Heights has the distinction of being one of the few communities in the nation built exclusively by African-American planners for the upcoming Atlanta African-American middle class at a time when most housing for African-Americans was “transitioned” away from whites.

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In 2008, Collier Heights was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places for three different reasons: for being the home of many Atlanta Civil Rights era activists, for the distinction of being an African-American community that was planned and developed by African-Americans, and for the architectural significance of its many different examples of Mid Century houses, the most dominant being the split-level Ranch House.

In June 2009, the Collier Heights nomination to the National Historic Register was approved. The National Historic District has a smaller footprint than the original Collier Heights area; it is bounded by Donald Lee Hollowell Drive, Hamilton E. Holmes Drive to the east, Interstate 20 to the south, and Interstate 285 to the west.

Work continues on obtaining the Local Historic Designation from the City of Atlanta and Fulton County.