National Register listed : None
Location: Area immediately around Huff Road
Original Builders: N/A
Period of Significance : N/A
Significant Dates : 1925 - Sunset Heights Subdivision created
Boundary Justification: N/A
Description of Architectural Classification : N/A
Classical Materials: N/A
Historic Functions: DOMESTIC: single dwelling
Current Functions: DOMESTIC: single dwelling
Developmental history/historic context : No substantial research has been done on Blandtown.
In February 1925 the map below was drawn up as by a civil engineer Knox T. Thomas, C.E. as SUNSET HEIGHTS Subdivision. Due to segregation based on Jim Crow this area has been African-American for many years. Many of these families have been here for multiple generations.
Blandtown is composed of small wood bungalows common around mills. The original inhabitants of Blandtown worked at the Murray Company, King Plow, White Provision Company, Exposition Mills, Atlantic Steel and other industries. Wood homes show up on the 1925 Sanborn Maps.
A 1932 Sanborn Map shows that at one time Huff Road was called Blandtown Road from Howell Mill Road to the Huff Road railway underpass. The old Huff Road started at this railway crossing and headed west, and back in the days of the Civil War ended up at Marietta Street. Sara Huff wrote a book about her experiences during the Civil War (which can be downloaded from this site). From this writing it is known that the Huff family had a large farm and a home perched atop the altitudinous hill where Ellsworth Avenue meets Huff Road today. At some latter date the name Huff Road was extended to Howell Mill Road as it is presently.
To the consternation of the residents and owners of this residential area the zoning today is industrial and the residences allowed to exist only by a grandfathering clause. Building permits for new houses or additions to existing houses are refused. It seems the city and surrounding commercial properties would be glad if these modest wood houses vanished. Many residents have lived and owned land in Blandtown for multiple generations. One resident interviewed said his grandfather had been the Pastor at a Blandtown church and another voiced the opinion that people were always trying to buy the land for much less than what it was worth.
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