Windsor Park Historic District

Bounded by Lanier Blvd . on the east, Gloucester St. on the north, Magnolia St. on the west, and Walnut Ave. on the south., Brunswick, GA

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Windsor Park Historic District

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The Windsor Park Historic District is significant at the local level under Criteria A and C in the areas of architecture and community planning and development for Its importance to the city of Brunswick as its first suburb. In 1888 the newly formed Brunswick Railway and Terminal Securities Company, a business conglomerate of New York and Western capitalists known locally as "The Brunswick Company", purchased a large tract of land overlooking a vast marsh southeast of downtown Brunswick. The land was to be developed Into an exclusive "picturesque" subdivision for wealthy Northerners to spend the cold winter months. The Brunswick Company put their plans for the subdivision on hold following an 1892 recession. Subsequent recessions followed during the early 20th century. During this time, the tract was generally regarded as park space with the land being used as the location for a nine- hole golf course. A severe housing shortage during the mld~1920s prompted the Brunswick Company to revive the Windsor Park project In 1926. Using the original subdivision plan, the tract was formally surveyed and platted beginning in 1926 and laid out in 1929. Initial development was stow through the early 1930s, but the completion of the adjacent Howard E. Coffin Memorial Park In 1938 resulted in the gradual build out of the neighborhood following the end of the Great Depression and the Second World War. The Windsor Park Historic District Is significant In the area of architecture for its good, intact collection of house types and styles found in middle-class neighborhoods in Georgia from the 1920s through the 1960s. In the area of community planning and development. Windsor Park is significant because It represents an early planned picturesque subdivision In Brunswick. It retains the historic layout of streets and lots, which was a departure from the gridiron pattern that had dominated Brunswick's previous development. Arthur Owen Wilson of Huntsville, Alabama, a civil engineer trained in his native Canada, designed a series of curvilinear streets and wooded tots of varying size and shape with native vegetation and landscape features that are still apparent today. - National Register Database

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  • August 25, 2014: Added by Michael Miller

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