Morningside/Lenox Park was founded in 1923 by developers JR Smith and MS Rankin. It is located north of Virginia-Highland, east of Ansley Park and west of Druid Hills. Approximately 3,500 households comprise the neighborhood that includes the original subdivisions of Morningside, Lenox Park, University Park, Noble Park, Johnson Estates and Hylan Park. Rankin and Smith built eight homes in 1923 establishing Morningside Lenox Park. Advertisements stressed a 70-ft-wide paved street in front of homes with Murphy beds and a servants' toilet in the basement. Morningside was touted as a "new type of suburb." Commuters traveled to and from their homes by streetcar and, if they were fortunate enough, by car. The new development prospered after the city annexed the area in 1925.
Today, it is a vibrant, graceful neighborhood filled with Tudor revival and classic homes, parks, restaurants and a nature preserve. Different from its neighbors in VA Hi and Midtown, the lots are generally larger and more suburban-like, continuing the vision of its original founders. The Morningside neighborhood is a thriving in-town area filled with wonderful homes, shaded parks, an award-winning elementary school, and terrific neighbors. They have great Restaurants, Shops and Neighborhood Events.
Check out their Morningside-Lenox Park Association Website for more information on the Neighborhood. Every year there is the Historic Morningside Tour of Homes and you can read more on the Curbed blog for Morningside Neighborhood News.
View a timeline of the history of Morningside/Lenox Park.