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Forest Hills Historic District

The owner and developer of Forest Hills [1] was William L. Vance. Vance was born in Kentucky, went to school in Memphis, and lived in Chicago and Asheville before moving to Marietta in 1922. He was involved in real estate and was a member of the Country Club, the Rotary Club, and the Episcopal Church. He was the president of the local gun club and was "one of this city's staunchest boosters."

The Forest Hills development started in 1928 and was "believed to be destined as one of Marietta's most beautiful and exclusive residential sections." The development is located only six blocks from the Square and "forms one of the most attractive tracts in this vicinity." Vance Circle, named for its owner, was set aside as an "ultra-restricted section" and "one of the most fascinating in the entire tract and is expected to meet with the approval and favorable comments of those who see it." The Forest Hills plan encompassed more than 10 acres and forty residential lots. The expected cost of completion was approximately $200,000.

  1. Historic Preservation Commission, Zoning Division and Department of Development Services of Marietta, Georgia, Forest Hills Historic District Design Guidelines, draft, 2015,, accessed April, 2016.

Forest Hills Historic District Map

Street Names
Blackwell Lane NE • Cherokee Street NE • Forest Avenue • Hunt Street NE • North Forest Avenue NE • Vance Circle NE

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