Taking You Places You Have Never Been Before


CIRCA is an auxiliary educational group of APC that offers monthly behind-the-scenes tours of select historic sites in Atlanta and nearby areas.


CIRCA LogoWe see sites both before renovation begins and after the final touches have been completed.

Usually scheduled for the second Tuesday evening of the month March through December, CIRCA will take you places you have never been before.  Come explore with us!

To join CIRCA, you need be a member of the Atlanta Preservation Center. Please visit Membership to join both the APC and CIRCA.

To view previous CIRCA events, please visit its message board.




What: Join us for CIRCA’s November meeting!

When:  Tuesday, November 15, 2016.  Meet at 6:15 pm; the tour begins at 6:30 pm. 

Where:  The Church at Ponce & Highland (also known as Druid Hills Baptist Church.) 1085 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. Walk up the sidewalk behind the church and meet at the double doors.

Directions and Parking:  The church is located on the corner of Ponce de Leon and Highland Ave.  There is a small parking lot beside the church, which can be accessed from either Highland or Ponce, and there is no charge for parking there. There is also a new public parking deck behind the church. Machines there are to be activated soon, so there will probably be a fee to park there by the date of our meeting. If for some reason the church lot should become full, the deck is another option.

Reservations:    None required.

Fee:  Free for CIRCA members and first-time guests; $10 for others.  For questions about your  membership, please contact the Atlanta Preservation Center at 404-688-3353, ext. 10.

Description:  The Church at Ponce & Highland was established in 1914 as Druid Hills Baptist Church and since its inception has been a church oriented towards innovation and growth. The church enjoyed many firsts among Baptist churches in the south including the first Vacation Bible School, the first church day camp, and the first co-ed adult class. Through the years, the Church at Ponce & Highland has continued to evolve to meet the needs of the community. It is now one of the last Baptist churches in downtown Atlanta and is located in a very diverse neighborhood.

The church sanctuary is strikingly beautiful and is often rented for wedding services. It has also served as the site of choral concerts including the Atlanta Boy Choir, Coro Vocati, and the Meridian Choral. In 2009, the Church at Ponce & Highland worked with an architecture firm to develop the acoustic and worshipful qualities of the sanctuary and to create a beautiful site for the main focus of the Selah Center and a theater for drama groups of all types to utilize. The members seek to be a community oriented church that is open to all. 

See the website for more information. www.churchatponceandhighland.org

Optional Post-Tour Suggestion: Manuel's Tavern is a very short distance down Highland Ave from the church, and it has now re-opened after renovations.  Some of the CIRCA members plan to head there for (Dutch-treat) dinner after the tour, and anyone is welcome to join in if interested.