Park Tavern is a landmark on Piedmont Park. It’s a meeting place for friends, and the bar overlooks the Music Midtown festival, as well as many other events, each year.
But I bet you didn’t know how part of that building was originally used.
The oldest section of the tavern that snuggles up to Tenth Street was once a clubhouse for the park’s golf course, it turns out. There’s the clubhouse in the image above, used on a postcard that the Atlanta Time Machine dates back to the 1940s or so.
This seven-hole golf course was opened in 1896 by the Piedmont Driving Club, an exclusive group that gathered every so often in a stunning building on the other side of the park, wrote Golf Georgia. The 70-acre course started at the clubhouse and snaked its way through the park before ending at the Driving Club, proving a perfect afternoon activity for those wealthy gentlemen.
The golf course, however, was closed in 1979, according to the park’s website. The clubhouse remains, and you’ve probably seen it a time or two without knowing its actual history.
As you can see in the photo below, which I captured from Google Maps, that red-roofed clubhouse remains attached to Park Tavern today.
In a city where so many buildings are torn down and replaced before they have any opportunity to gather some historical significance, it’s wonderful to see this old clubhouse still standing – even if I had no idea of its importance before I wrote this post.
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