Published on December 16th, 2015 |


New Ronald McDonald House to open Dec. 21 for use by families

The new 31-bedroom Ronald McDonald House on Peachtree Dunwoody Road just north of Buckhead will begin serving families of ailing children on Dec. 21. It is more than three times the size of the original house that began operations on the site in 1994.

The children's action center within the newRonald Mcdonald House.

The children’s action center within the newRonald Mcdonald House.

The facility also includes a three-story interior “treehouse” play area for children. “We dreamed big in imagining a modern facility that would meet all the needs of more families coping with sick children,” said Javier Goizueta, a board member of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities and its capital campaign chair.

“We hope it will be a safe haven for healing for those who need it to be their home away from home in the coming years,” Goizueta added.

Ronald McDonald Houses around the country provide free or low-cost housing to families of children who are undergoing treatment at nearby hospitals—in this case Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.

The houses are run by chapters of an Illinois-based nonprofit that is separate from, but heavily supported by, the McDonald’s fast-food company.

Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities opened an Atlanta house in 1979, followed by the Peachtree-Dunwoody location—originally an 11-bedroom house—in 1994. Both saw heavy demand and wait lists, leading to the construction of new facilities in recent years.

The new house is about 53,000 square feet in size and cost more than $15 million. A notable design element is the “treehouse”—a play area designed like a tree that stands three stories tall in a lobby area.

All rooms have private baths. The facility includes common areas, a kitchen, a dining room, and arts/crafts and activity room, a laundry and a conference room. In addition, a community room will be available to local organizations.

The building will be accessible to people with disabilities and has a LEED Silver certification, a construction industry measure of environmental sustainability.

For information on eligibility to stay at the house, call 404-315-1133 or see

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