Brookhaven Buzz - September 2018

BrookhavenBuzz Covering Brookhaven, Buckhead, Chamblee, Dunwoody & Doraville • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 28, No. 9 • SEPTEMBER 2018 PRICELESS ISSUE! Full Moon Over Old OLA Church, 2003 A simple church structure, never repurposed into a gym as planned, was longtime place of worship, 1957-2003. (Terry Thomas) For a while in the early 1950s the only Roman Catholic Church in suburban Atlanta—all the others were downtown—was Our Lady of Assumption, at 1350 Hearst Drive in Brookhaven. When plans were underway the Diocese of Savannah-Atlanta, as it was called then, considered the Metro, which was still quite rural, as mis- sion territory. It was Bishop Gerald O’Hara who suggested the new church be named Our Lady of Assumption (OLA). In 1950 Pope Pius XII had solemnly declared as dogma that the “Virgin Mary, upon completing the course of her earthly life was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” Thus, parishioners in 1950s Brookhaven named a new church building after a newly sanctified tenet of the Roman Catholic Church. OLA Church had humble beginnings, meeting for Mass in converted military barracks at the old Naval Air Station on what would later become DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. Other places for the nomad congregation included Ogletho- rpe University and Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church. Mean- while the Catholic Diocese began construction on a 7.5 acre plot in the Oglethorpe Estates development, on the new circular Hearst Drive at the end of landscaped Lanier Drive. Continued on page 5 Tyler Perry Mansion for Sale: Big Bucks in Buckhead Fantastic 34,688 square foot mansion and complex with Presidential-style security sits amid beautiful forested area in a 17-acre estate. (Fox 5) Standing at 4110 Paces Ferry Road in upscale Buckhead is a fantastic estate with perhaps the most compelling private residence ever offered on the real estate market in Atlanta. Though he doesn’t own it any more, the property is popularly known as the Tyler Perry Mansion. Built in 2007 for an estimated $40 million by the famous Atlanta entertainment mogul, it was his main residence for about 9 years. Conveniently situated only 3.5 miles from Buckhead Village and 15 miles from DeKalb Peachtree Airport near Chamblee, it’s on a beautiful 17-acre wooded site off the banks of the Chattahoochee River. With a huge French provincial manor house, the estate has amenities aplenty across its spacious grounds and is pictured in our headline photo. In 2016 Continued on page 13