Historic Homes: Restoring the Original Architecture of the Francis Palmer Smith House

We love a home with history. The Francis Palmer Smith House is one such project with layer upon layer of rich stories to tell.

When Francis Palmer Smith, Dean of the School of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology, designed and built his personal home in 1925, he could hardly have imagined that 90 years later his beautiful Colonial Revival house would be in a state of serious despair. In fact, the condition of the house was so poor that it was unclear whether it would survive or be restored to live another day.

The house had fallen into decay from lack of maintenance to the point that the slate roof had begun to leak, the plaster ceilings had cracked or collapsed, paint was peeling from the walls, and the hardwood floors were buckling. Visit the project page to read the full story and see more of this marvelous transformation.