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Georgian architecture has always struck a familiar chord with Americans. Perhaps it is our English roots, especially in Georgia, or perhaps it is the colors and textures of the characteristic brick and limestone materials that seem so at home in this environment. Over the past two centuries, Georgian style has been explored and perfected. Today, we can see a classic example in this fine house in Atlanta.
Entering the foyer, one sees the wood staircase with its thick balusters and newel post that hints at the attention to detail lavished upon the interiors. Wainscot paneling and arched openings with fluted pilaster frame the style in the principal rooms, or informally in the rooms opening onto the pool terrace.
The plan offers the quiet elegance of an older home, yet provides all the amenities required of a modern family home.
Houses of this type look best centered on a wide sweeping lawn with mature trees framing the lawn and providing scale to the house. The expansive lawn and slightly elevated position on a ridge provide entrances to the adjoining living, and dining rooms. The period mantles that adorn these rooms were made in England, and complement the cornices and other trim accenting these principal entertainment rooms.
The plan offers the quiet elegance of an older home, yet provides all the amenities required of a modern family home. The open floor plan of the kitchen, breakfast, and family room area allows the house to exist comfortably, whether entertaining in grand an ideal setting for this house. From this elevated point, one can enjoy a horizon view of the setting sun from the rear terrace. The dense forest of pines and poplar trees to the rear of the house provides a black silhouette against the pink sky of the evening light.