Capitol View Manor was originally vast farmland owned by a select group of people that included John Shannon and the Deckner Family. During the early 1910s, many people started to settle in the area, and, in 1912, the area known as Capitol View was annexed to the City of Atlanta. This is when many utilities, including sewage and electricity, came to the area. In 1920, Capitol View Manor was established, and more houses started to be built on the eastern side of Stewart Avenue. Five years later, Capitol View Manor was annexed to the City of Atlanta. Most of the homes in this neighborhood were built in the next twenty years. In addition, the Capitol View School was built in 1929.
During the mid-20th century, Interstate 75-85 cut through the land to the east of the neighborhood, separating Capitol View Manor to what is now known as High Pointe Estates, cutting Manford Road in two pieces, and destroying the intersection of Hillside and Deckner in the southeast corner of the neighborhood. In this timeframe, "white flight" occurred in the neighborhood. Few stayed, and the neighborhood fell into decline.
In the late 1990s Stewart Avenue was renamed Metropolitan Parkway so the street wouldn't be referred to as a red-light district. Since then, many efforts have been made to restore the area: 344 new housing units are being built close to Metropolitan Pkwy., more retail is coming to the area, the Beltline Tax Allocation District, and home sales are rising. While the area still has a long way to come, it has drastically improved in recent years.
Most of the homes in Capitol View Manor were built between the early 1920s and the mid-1940s. Earlier home styles include Bungalows, Victorians, Cape Cods, and Colonials. Most of the later homes were ranches. Capitol View Manor was originally developed by the same developer of the Morningside and Virginia Highland neighborhood. Homes in the neighborhood are some of the most affordable in the entire city for their quality; they range from $150,000-$250,000.
The neighborhood is also close to High Pointe Estates, Park Place South, the Crogman School lofts, the Lofts at Allene, Brookside Park, and St. John's Place, all of which were built in the last 5 years.
Capitol View Manor is close to many recreational amenities, including the 10-acre (40,000 m2) Millican Park, the 50-acre (200,000 m2) Perkerson Park, a proposed bowling alley and arcade, the future 28-acre (110,000 m2) Hillside Park, and the Carver Family YMCA.
Emma Millican Park is the largest available greenspace in the neighborhood.It is at the western stub of Deckner Ave., and while Millican Park is mostly passive, the other places offer many athletic and active opportunities. In 2005, Emma Millican Park was chosen to undergo the Park Pride Visioning Process, in which the neighbors of the community came up with a master plan for their neighborhood park. In addition, the Dill Triangle Park is often used as a garden and a gathering place.
Capitol View Manor is home to two churches (Liberty International Church and the 80-year-old Capitol View Baptist Church, which was recently sold by the Achor Center to some developers that will preserve the historical landmark), the 102-year-old Deckner house (which was the residence of the Deckner Family), Advance Auto Parts, and the yellow-brick Masonic Lodge. The proposed Beltline also spans the entire northern boundary. In addition, Fire Station 20 is located on Manford Road, which also serves as the neighborhood polling station.
The schools for the neighborhood are:Elementary-Perkerson Elementary School
Middle-Sylvan Middle School
High-Carver High School
In addition, the Atlanta Technical College and the Atlanta Metropolitan College are due south of the neighborhood.
The Atlanta–Fulton Public Library System is currently building the Southwest Atlanta Branch Library in the neighborhood at 1332 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30310. The Library System is engaged in a $275 million building program, funded by a library bond referendum approved by Fulton County voters in 2008. The project is divided into two phases.
Phase I of the Library Building Program consists of 10 projects, 8 new libraries – Alpharetta, East Roswell, Metropolitan, Milton, Northwest Atlanta, Palmetto, Southeast Atlanta, and Wolf Creek – and 2 expanded libraries – Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and South Fulton – with a total budget of $167 million; these dollars include everything from design and construction to funding for collections. Also, each library project includes a public art component, through the Fulton County Public Art Program.