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Preston S. Stevens, Jr. was born in 1930 and is one of the original “Buckhead Boys”. His father Preston S. Stevens, Sr. was a prominent architect and formed the firm Burge & Stevens (later Stevens & Wilkinson) in 1919 with Flippen David Burge. Preston S. Stevens, Sr. built the family home on West Paces Ferry Road during the depression. Preston S. Stevens, Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps and attended Georgia Tech, where he obtained two architectural degrees. He then joined his father’s firm and continued its legacy.

Abstract of Interview

Mr. Stevens describes what life was like growing up on West Paces Ferry Road. He recalls his school days at E. Rivers Elementary and North Fulton High School, including the fraternities that were an important part of high school life. He also recalls his father’s very influential architectural firm Burge & Stevens (later Stevens & Wilkinson), which designed many homes in Buckhead and Brookhaven as well as the Capitol City Club’s Brookhaven Club. He also describes the work that he did on various hospitals in the metropolitan Atlanta area.

Interview by Chad Wright and Tamara Bazzle, February 7, 2010.

Read the transcript.


In the video clip below, Preston Stevens, Jr., recalls when  trolley driver A. Crow, when confronted with a little traffic congestion, felt like Buckhead was becoming too much like New York City–around 1940.

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