Progress on Restoration Efforts at Donaldson-Bannister Farm

We are so pleased with the progress made at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm!  The property opened to the public on May 1st, 2018 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony!  The park is open from dawn to dusk each day with the house open by appointment.  We still have some projects to pursue – most importantly rehabilitating the Guest House.  We are starting work on it this fall and hope to have it ready by late Spring, 2019.

View the progress that we have gone through over the past few years with the other structures on the property:

Once the main house was stabilized, we were able to move forward in multiple areas.  Interior spaces were modified to allow better traffic flow.  Windows were replaced with custom-built thermal pane windows that have the appearance of the original windows.  The window project was completed in 2016.  The exterior of the house was prepared for new paint with damaged and rotted wood being replaced.  A new exterior door to the basement was built by a Dunwoody volunteer.   And a new 36” exterior door and ramp was added for handicap compliance.  Exterior painting was completed – just in time for the Dunwoody Preservation Trust to permanently move their office to the property.

Window installation at the Donaldson Bannister Farm:

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The small washhouse was in danger of collapse before emergency repairs were made.  It is now stable and was painted by community volunteers.

The new barn addition is highly visible from both Vermack and Chamblee-Dunwoody Roads and has created a lot of conversation.  This addition includes two new ADA compliant restrooms for handicapped accessibility, and a multi-purpose room that coordinates with a large exterior patio and plaza area for picnics and events.  This project was completed in October 2016.  Oldcastle has been a valuable community partner for the project by donating pavers and retaining wall materials.

ADA Restroom and multi-purpose room addition to the barn at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm:

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A Master Landscaping Plan was commissioned in 2016 by Dunwoody Preservation Trust.  This plan will compliment our previously commissioned Master Plan for the property, our roadmap for the rehabilitation of the site.  The landscape plan includes parking, lighting, hardscapes and beautiful areas for use by the community.

The Donaldson-Bannister property is set to become a valuable addition to the Dunwoody City Park system.  Through the working relationship among the City of Dunwoody, the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, community corporate citizens and our devoted community volunteers, we are meeting our goals to make this park one of the finest representations of the history and the heritage of Dunwoody.

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