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In the news -

Dunwoody Crier Article on Mansion [03/01]

Dunwoody Crier Article on Mansion [03/08]

Atlanta Journal Constitution on Mansion [04/07]

Atlanta Unity Church Revokes Church Membership

On Friday, April 15th the first of several letters were received by members of the Atlanta Unity Church informing them that their membership in The Atlanta Unity Church had been revoked for advocating the preservation of the Fischer Mansion. Church officials further stated in the letter that if any of these individuals continued to publically advocate the preservation of the Fischer Mansion, they would be barred from the church campus and from church services.

Demolition Permit Applied For !

On Thursday, March 31, 2005, the Atlanta Unity Church made application for a demolition permit to demolish the Fischer Mansion. However, the pending historic designation decision will temporarily protect it from demolition. However, it is urgent that all those who want to save the Fischer Mansion from being destroyed by Atlanta Unity Church complete the Speak Out Form Immediately, call your Dekalb County commissioners and encourage all your friends to do the same. Once destroyed, it will be gone forever!

Church Board Threatens Members Who Have Expressed Opposition to the Demolition of the Fischer Mansion With Lose Of Church Membership

On Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005, members of Atlanta Unity Church who have expressed opposition to the church's wish to demolish the Fischer Mansion, received a letter from the church board, asking that they resign from the church or cease their efforts to oppose the demolition of the Fischer Mansion. The church board will permit those members to appear before them on April 7th in a formal hearing closed to nonmembers.

Church Shows No Interest In Offers By Outside Group To Restore Mansion

Earlier in March, a successful special events company expressed interest in purchasing the Fischer Mansion from the church. Though the church administration initially expressed some interest in this offer, they later told the events company that they were no longer interested. The church did, however, ask if the events company was interested in buying the entire church property. However, though the events company did express some interest in the entire property, there has been no indication that the church has followed up with the events company regarding this interest. The events company has also expressed an interest in leasing the mansion from the church, but the church has not expressed any interest in this offer either.

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Historic Fischer Mansion at risk for demolition

Current owners of Fischer Mansion are proposing to replace the mansion with multiple modular double wide/ mobile home-like structures.

Important Preservation Web Sites:

The Georgia Historic Preservation Division

The Georgia Trust

The Atlanta Preservation Center

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Tell the Dekalb County Commissioners to save the Fischer Mansion.

The Fischer Mansion, aka, Flowerland an architecturally and historically significant Georgia landmark is in imminent danger of being demolished to make room for modular classroom buildings.

Let your local and state representatives know that you want the Fischer Mansion protected and given historic designation before its too late. [click here].

In June of 2004, the board of trustees for The Atlanta Unity Church announced their intention to demolish an architecturally and historically significant Georgia landmark known as the Fischer Mansion aka Flowerland, located on their property at 4146 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd.Atlanta, Georgia and erect prefabricated mobile-home-like structures and additional parking in its place.

The Fischer Mansion, overlooks a beautifully landscaped property and nature preserve on the banks of Nancy Creek.

Research into the history of the Fischer Mansion aka. Flowerland has revealed that the owner, Dr. Luther Fischer employed one of Georgia's most accomplished architects, Phillip Shutze to design the home in 1926. Phillip Shutze was the architect for many prominent Atlanta homes and commercial buildings.His work includes The Swan House, The Hurt Building, Glenn Memorial Church (1931), the Temple (1930-31), the Education Building (1939) at Emory University, Calhoun House, Citizens, and Southern National Bank, Rhodes House, and East Lake Country Club all of which are well known to Atlantans.

Other Shutze homes in Atlanta include:

3820 Northside Drive, Patterson-Carr House (1939)
541 West Paces Ferry Road, Joseph D. Rhodes House (1926)
320 West Paces Ferry Road, James Goodrum House (now the Southern Center for International Studies) (1929)
426 West Paces Ferry Road, Harry English House (1929)
3351 Woodhaven Road, W.H. Kiser House, "Knollwood" (1929)
for pictures of these homes, visit: http://www.buckhead.org/architecture/shutze.html

As a result of these discoveries, The Dekalb County Planning Department has determined that the property may qualify for historic status and has placed a moratorium on all building permits for the property to protect it from destruction while further study is conducted. Preliminary walk throughs by preservation contractors, and architects has determined that the mansion, itself, is structurally sound primarily requiring cosmetic repairs, such as repairs of shutters,exterior moldings, some doorways, two column, and painting on the interior etc..( for more detail, see the FAQ Section) A new roof was added only four years ago at a cost of $40,000 and a fire escape was added in 2003.

Steps Down to Boat Landing (part of Fischer Estate) on Nancy Creek

HISTORY

Dr. Fischer, a prominent Atlanta physician and a co-founder of Crawford Long hospital, built the gardens and the mansion overlooking them for his semi-invalid wife, Lucy Hurt Fischer, the niece of Joel Hurt a prominent Atlanta Developer whose projects included Inman Part, Piedmont Part and other prestigious developments. Their estate was named “Flowerland”, and many visitors came to see the beautiful roses and restored water wheel from the 1800’s sawmill. The estate which sat on over one hundred acres, drew thousands of visitors during the spring and summer to see the acres of landscaped gardens. It is reported that Dr. Fischer had over 470 varieties and over 14,000 plant.

During the 60's, and early 70's the mansion served as the home for D’Youville Academy, a private Atlanta girls’ high school run by the Gray Nuns of the Sacred Heart. During that period, the gardens were maintained by the nuns and retained some of their original appearance. See aerial photograph below which was taken in the 1970's.

On October 7, 1975, The Fischer Mansion was purchased by Phoenix Academy, a private grade school, grades 1-8. In 1976, Unity Church of Christianity aka Unity Center and later Atlanta Unity Church purchased the property from the school for use as a church. Services were held in the mansion.

In 1986 a new sanctuary building was constructed near the mansion. In 1997 a new education building was completed next to the sanctuary building to provide classroom facilities for the church. Up until recently, the mansion has been used for classrooms, dinners, wedding receptions, weddings and other church related gatherings.

A carriage house originally built to serve the needs of the Fischer family was converted into a small chapel. See photo.

Today, the dam on Nancy Creek is the only indication that a sawmill ever operated there. stone stairways, pathways, and water features are emerging from the jungle. An old wooden and stone gazebo is now the focal point and will probably become the center of enjoyment in the garden. Some of the azaleas, hydrangeas, and roses of the original gardens have amazingly survived the ravages of time.