By Sylvia Small

Members of the Brookwood Hills Friends Group were looking for a new way to show support for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

“We were looking for something different to raise money for Children’s,” said Caroline Wilbert, a spokeswoman for the 100-member Brookwood Hills Friends Group. “We have so many pretty homes in the neighborhood that we thought a tour might be good idea.”

So on March 26, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., five homes in the historic Atlanta neighborhood will open for tours.

They’re calling it “Transformations of Brookwood” reflecting the transformations that take place at Children’s in the lives of children, Wilbert said.

Brookwood Hills is one of Atlanta’s earliest suburban neighboods.

Brookwood Hills home tour

Five Brookwood Hills homes will be opened for tours March 26. The homes will be open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. To purchase a ticket for “Transformations in Brookwood Hills,” go to The advance ticket price is $30 per person. On the day of the tour, tickets will be available at any of the homes on the tour for $35 each.

The homes on the tour vary in character, architectural style and size. All the renovations were designed by architect Stan Dixon, a Brookwood Hills resident. Dixon was named Southeast Architect of the Year in 2010 by the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center. Garden & Gun magazine lists him as one of the top “21 New Faces of Southern Style.”

The renovation projects differ in size and complexity. Originally constructed in 1925, the Gentry house was renovated under a Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation program. A key component of that program requires renovations to preserve the historic character of the structure.

During the approximately 14-month renovation, the historic portion of the house was essentially gutted and redone. Dixon designed the addition, the transition between the historic and the new portion of the house, the “pet-free” carriage house, a new basement and porches.