Residents on Brookhaven Drive plan in July to erect a pair of stone columns on their street to mark an entrance to the Historic Brookhaven neighborhood.

“It really marks a gateway into the community,” said architect Dick Diedrich, one of the residents who raised money to build the columns. “There’s a lot of area called Brookhaven, but only one area that’s Historic Brookhaven.” The paired columns to be installed at the intersection of Brookhaven Drive and Peachtree Road are planned as the first of a series of monuments the neighborhood association hopes will be erected to mark 13 or more entrances to the neighborhood. The Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association is coordinating the project to finance and build the monuments, which cost about $4,500 apiece, association zoning and traffic committee co-chairman Mike Elliot said. Residents of each street raise money for the columns, Elliot said.

The association in the past erected a pair of brick columns to replace an older monument damaged by a car, but Diedrich and others argued the stone design better suited the neighborhood because of stone used in the construction of major buildings in the community, such as those at Oglethorpe University. “I feel strongly that the use of stone is more representative of Brookhaven than brick,” Diedrich said.

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