Underwood Church Howell Mill

Underwood Church

The Story

The Underwood Methodist Episcopal Church building at 1671 Howell Mill Rd was sold in late 2016 for $925,000. Little was heard of the properties development until May 2019 a vote for conditions changes to the zoning to allow a drive-thru there, came due. Residents of National Register-listed Berkeley Park Neighborhood and NPU-D voted against proposed conditions changes which has temporarily hampered plans for demolition of the c.1920 granite church for a Starbucks.

We have seen similar churches reused for office and commercial space (hello Kronberg Wall Architects/Planners) and we have even seen Starbucks in historic buildings! The church building would also be eligible for tax credits, as part of the Berkeley Park National Register Historic District! Preserving and reusing the c.1920 church building could help create a more pedestrian-friendly environment in an area that very much needs it.

The News


Underwood Methodist Church was constructed in 1920, even before the neighborhood was platted for development. As such it is representative of the earliest urban development along this stretch of Howell Mill.

More on the history of Underwood Methodist Episcopal Church.

1671 Howell Mill Road on Atlanta Time Machine in 1955 and 2006.

Cornerstone of the Underwood Methodist Church. Photo by Terry Kearns.