Leila Ross Wilburn 1885-1967
Photo: File
Photo: File

Women’s History Month: Leila Ross Wilburn


Throughout March, we’ll spotlight notable women with Georgia connections in the daily Living section on Mondays and Tuesdays. Go to ajc.com/womens-history to see videos on the women featured here each week.


“Southern Homes and Plan Books: The Architectural Legacy of Leila Ross Wilburn”

Co-author Susan M. Hunter will do a presentation about Wilburn and then do a book signing 6 p.m. March 6. $5 for members; $10 for nonmembers (tickets include a drink ticket). DeKalb History Center, 101 E. Court Square, Decatur. dekalbhistory.org.

Leila Ross Wilburn designed early 20th-century houses and bungalows in a range of styles — from Craftsman to Colonial to Tudor.

And she was so good at it that much of her work still stands today dotting Atlanta intown neighborhoods from Inman Park to Ansley Park to Midtown to Decatur and Avondale Estates.

Even with various styles, her houses shared certain characteristics — natural light, good circulation, rooms that connected in wonderful ways.

“Her magic, you could say, is in how she used new innovations as the architectural profession, building profession and technology changed,” said Hunter.

Most of Wilburn’s plan books can be accessed online at mak-decatur.org/lrwbooks.shtml.

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