History of H.M. Patterson & Son-Spring Hill Chapel
In 1882, Hyatt M. Patterson established his funeral business in an area of Atlanta know as “The Markham Block.” Tragedy struck in 1896 when a stable next to his business caught fire destroying the Patterson establishment. That same year, Mr. Patterson moved his business to Peachtree Street near Five Points, mirroring the city’s growth in that direction.
Mr. Patterson’s only son, Fred, joined his father in the business working at the Peachtree Street location for eight years before deciding to move the business in 1904 to North Forsyth Street. The new Patterson location was the first building in the south designed especially for a funeral directing business. A year later, Mr. Patterson made his son partner and, since that time, the establishment has been known as H. M. Patterson & Son.
When Mr. Patterson died in 1923, Fred inherited the business and decided to construct a funeral home on a hill, overlooking trees and the city in honor of his father and in tribute to his English-born mother. Spring Hill opened in 1928 on the corner of Spring and Tenth Street, which is our current location.
Today, Hugh Allen, the great-grandson of Hyatt M. Patterson, works as a funeral director for the firm. Together, Mr. Allen and the entire staff, some of whom have served more than 25 years, continue the heritage of service established by the Patterson family.
Back in 1882, the proudest and happiest achievements at H. M. Patterson were those which brought comfort to the heart. For today and tomorrow, we hope you find our service as a reflection of the vision first realized by H. M. Patterson over a century ago.
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