Discover Avondale Estates – A City of Diverse Architectural Styles

Avondale Estates was founded in 1924 by George Francis Willis, who purchased the entire village of Ingleside to create a planned community. The City was named after Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England, birthplace of Shakespeare. Downtown buildings were designed in a Tudor style to reinforce this image, as were many of the houses in the City.

With the guidance of internationally known city planners, Willis proceeded to develop what would later be known as the only documented example of a “planned” city in the Southeast. Today it is named on the National Registrar of Historic Places.

Avondale Estates is located east of the City of Decatur and has approximately 2,960 residents. The City is known for its close-knit community, beautiful setting and diverse architectural styles. The City of Avondale Estates is featured as one of the “Best Old House Neighborhoods 2012” in This Old House online magazine.

Waffle House Museum

On Labor Day 1955, Avondale Estates neighbors Joe Rogers, Sr. and Tom Forkner founded the first Waffle House restaurant. The name was inspired by the most popular item on the original menu.

As suburbs and the interstate highway system developed throughout the region and the nation, Waffle House grew to include over 1,600 locations nationwide, becoming an American cultural icon open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In 2004, Waffle House reacquired the original restaurant building located at 2719 East College Avenue in Avondale Estates and opened it as a museum, making you feel like you are stepping back into 1955.

The museum also features Waffle House memorabilia from the past 54 years.


RAD (Rail Arts District) boasts some of the city’s largest community art studios, relocated Buckhead galleries, and dozens of individual studios for visual and performing artists.

The action is takes place along a one-mile stretch of CSX rail line that passes through downtown Avondale Estates, into Decatur’s Laredo Drive industrial area, and along East Ponce De Leon Ave into Scottdale.

DeKalb School of the Arts

After touching the lives of over 1000 students for 14 years, as the DeKalb Center for Performing Arts (DCPA), the magnet program housed at Avondale High School was expanded to a stand-alone high school in 1999. In 2009, DSA moved back to the ¬¬¬-Avondale High School campus. The current enrollment is 340 students in grades 8-12. They present various performances throughout the year featuring the finest in theater and dance. For more information, visit or call (678) 676-2502.