I've really never known much about the history of Capitol View until recently . Capitol View is one of a chain of neighborhoods running along Metropolitan Parkway (formerly Stewart Avenue) which include Adair Park, Pittsburgh, Capitol View Manor, Capitol View, and Sylvan Hills.
I've prepared a photo album of the neighborhood. Click here to see the album.
Franklin Garrett's book Atlanta and Environs, Volume II includes a few paragraphs on the origin of Capitol View which I've transcribed below. Bear in mind that this excerpt was written in around 1950. Capitol View Baptist no longer exists as a congregation, and the Masonic Lodge has been converted to other uses:
"Prior to about 1910, the residential area known as Capitol View, located three miles southwest of Five Points, was hardly more than truck farm and pasture, owned for the most part by Andrew P. Stewart, "Uncle John" Shannon, and the Deckner family. There was no paving, no
electric lights, no sewerage, and the 12 charter members of the Capitol View Baptist Church, founded in 1908, went by latern light to the little frame structure, then on Beatie Avenue.
Between that time and 1913, the section, so named because of the excellent view therefrom of the State Capitol domw, developed rapidly. It was accelerated by realtor William D. Beatie, who created the subdivision and sold homes at modest prices. Utilities were put in
and during 1913, Capitol View became a part of the city and was annexed to the Tenth Ward. The boundaries of the territory thus annexed were: North, A & W.P. Belt Line; South, Deckner Avenue; East, Stewart Avenue; and West, Sylvan Road.
In late 1912, just prior to annexation, a number of the original street names, duplicates of older Atlanta street names, were changed. Oak became Athens Avenue, Poplar became Belmont Avenue, Rock became De Soto Avenue, Seminole became Allene Avenue, McPherson became Erin Avenue, and Elm, Beatie Avenue.
Capitol View has continued to develop and has spread for a considerable distance east of Stewart Avenue. That part of the community was annexed to the city by degrees, partly in 1916, and partly in 1925 and 1926. The Capitol View Masonic Lodge, organized in 1914, built a three-story brick building on the northwest corner of Stewart and Dill avenues in 1921, from which a considerable shopping center has developed. The Capitol View Baptist Church, housed in a substantial edifice since 1927, and located on Stewart Avenue across from the Masonic Building, now boasts a membership of well over 2000