A rendering of the Briarcliff Mansion.

Republic Property Company Inc. plans to rehabilitate the fading Briarcliff Mansion near Emory University into an upscale 54-room boutique hotel and event venue. The Georgia State Properties Commission approved the proposal Dec. 15, clearing the way for the project to begin, according to a post at the Emory website.

The Druid Hills mansion, built 94 years ago by Coca-Cola heir Asa Griggs “Buddie” Candler Jr., has long been abandoned as a private residence, but went through various incarnations before Emory purchased the property in 1998.

Now in decline, the Briarcliff Road home been effectively mothballed, primarily used as a colorful backdrop for film and television projects.

The proposal calls for restoring the mansion, a large greenhouse and carriage house, as well as building seven new structures to support the property, including separate guest cottages, an outdoor swimming pool and pool house, and event catering operations — all inspired by the mansion’s original architecture, according to Rawson Daws, vice-president of Republic Property Company.

In addition to hotel rooms, the project will feature a full-scale restaurant and lounge as well as indoor and outdoor event spaces for corporate or alumni gatherings, small-scale concerts and recitals, weddings and private celebrations.


Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.