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Photos: Springtime in Atlanta's Historic West End

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Mind the pretty houses, not the pollen

Photos: Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta

West End didn't just win the 2015 Curbed Cup trophy — the historic neighborhood west of downtown steamrolled its way to glory, scoring a No. 1 seed and more collective votes than any neighborhood in Atlanta history. That honor entails lasting benefits, like this latest installment of Curbed's "Visual Journeys" series.

The Beltline's under-construction Westside Trail has only exacerbated enthusiasm for West End, which traces back to an 1830s frontier outpost, is named for London's theatre district, and is justifiably listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With springtime exploding across Atlanta, it seemed an opportune time to take a quick floral/architectural photo tour of the city's reigning "Neighborhood of the Year." Don't mind the pollen.

Trees are explosively floral in West End's commercial district right now.
Trees are explosively floral in West End's commercial district right now.
Jonathan Phillips, Curbed
An array of yesteryear architectural styles line Peeples Street in the West End.
An array of yesteryear architectural styles line Peeples Street in the West End.
Jonathan Phillips, Curbed
Beyond its architectural significance, the Wren's Nest in the West End is a terrific place to take the kiddos. Storytellers spin yarns in this former home of Joel Chandler Harris (and Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit). What's more, Atlanta's oldest house museu
Beyond its architectural significance, the Wren's Nest in the West End is a terrific place to take the kiddos. Storytellers spin yarns in this former home of Joel Chandler Harris (and Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit). What's more, Atlanta's oldest house museum is allegedly haunted.
Jonathan Phillips, Curbed
West Hunter Street Baptist Church is poised off Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard.
West Hunter Street Baptist Church is poised off Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard.
Jonathan Phillips, Curbed
The entryway of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church off Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard.
The entryway of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church off Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard.
Jonathan Phillips, Curbed
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.
Jonathan Phillips, Curbed
The mural and gazebo at Howell Park.
The mural and gazebo at Howell Park.
Jonathan Phillips, Curbed
One of the houses turned businesses in West End’s ornate historic district
One of the houses turned businesses in West End’s ornate historic district.
Jonathan Phillips, Curbed
A circular brick entryway outside a Peeples Street Victorian.
A circular brick entryway outside a Peeples Street Victorian.
Jonathan Phillips, Curbed

Wren's Nest House Museum

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