Baldwin Park History

Baldwin Park was originally the Northern portion of Chatham Crescent developed by Harvey Granger of the Chatham Crescent Hotel and Land Co. On it’s southern border is U.S. Highway 80 also called Victory Drive. Previously a section of it through Chatham Crescent was known as Estill Avenue and was a beautiful grass and palmetto lined street with grand homes. It was expanded and renamed in 1919 as a memorial to all of the soldiers, sailors and marines who died from Chatham County in World War I and extended from Ogeechee Road all the way to Tybee Island. Estill Avenue was used as the basis for the landscaping design. In 1935, it was designated a boulevard which governed traffic movement and ultimately, physically divided Baldwin Park from Chatham Crescent.

Because Baldwin Park is abutted up to the earlier Victorian neighborhoods many of the lots were the first to be sold and built upon in the Chatham Crescent neighborhood making much of the style Victorian and Craftsman in nature. Homes and Mansions on Victory Drive include many of the larger homes and more ornate architecture in Ardsley Park and are considered their own unique location with very different values as compared with other homes within the neighborhood.

Today, Baldwin Park has an active Neighborhood Association and enjoys many activities centered around their circular Park named for one of the city Aldermen who was in office when Chatham Crescent was dedicated.


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