Leila Ross Wilburn and the MAK Historic District

Leila Ross Wilburn and the MAK Historic District

Leila Ross Wilburn, born 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 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. Total walking distance is less than 1 mile, and the tour duration is about 1.5 hours.

Tour Dates and Times:

Thursday, June 16

9:00 – 10:30 am

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Wednesday, July 13

9:00 – 10:30 am

7:00 – 8:30 pm

Member tickets are $5 / Non-member tickets are $12.50.

Ticket Link: https://dekalb-history-center.square.site/

Tour Meets: Adams Street at Renfroe Middle School

GPS Address and Parking: 130 Adams Street, Decatur GA 30030