Druid Hills Neighborhood, Atlanta – “Boxwood” is one of my favorite homes in Druid Hills. Built in 1912, it is one of the first grand estates built in the neighborhood.
Designed for Charles Veazey Rainwater, this French style home was designed to be integrated with it’s gardens. Set over 3 acres, Boxwood featured a horse track, tiered gardens, etc. Two tiers of the original garden, a pool, paths, and statuary remain, along with the stable and carriage house.
Rainwater is best known as the Coca-Cola executive who is responsible for coming up with the shape of the Coca-Cola bottle!
The Rainwater family had 4 sons, and architect Edward Emmett Dougherty designed the home to have plenty of space for this active family.
Mrs. “Hattie” C. Rainwater was an avid gardener, and a member of the Peachtree Garden Club. Her interest helped to integrate the house with the landscaping, but remain a little bit formal. The original estate had intricate gardens with boxwoods of all sizes and varieties surrounding the house. It also featured a cutting garden, and a walled, green garden used as an outdoor living and dining room!