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Because this house is located on one of Atlanta’s most historic and picturesque streets, this family wanted to create a home that looked as though it had been there since the 1920’s. To achieve that end, no effort was spared to duplicate the materials and details found on other homes from this era in the immediate neighborhood. However, as is true for all new homes that meet today’s lifestyles, the challenge is to incorporate the needs of a modern family while maintaining the scale and proportions of a house from an earlier era. Complicating this requirement was is the site’s narrow width which was resolved by placing the garage directly off the cobblestone motor court in front of the house. The advantage of this configuration is that it frees up the rear of the property for lawn and gardens. The resulting estate is a successful blend of old and new.
Of special note is the home’s fine limestone work carved by Christie Cut Stone of Memphis, Tennessee. The massive door surround and window above with its Gothic tracery are a testament to the stone carver’s craft which is vibrantly alive.
The entry hall features an oak staircase with custom balusters that doubles back over the front entry. This creates a sense of intimacy as one enters the house. Once beyond the foyer, a gallery hall with high oak wainscoting continues through the center of the house connecting all the principle rooms. The gallery wainscoting is overlaid with gothic tracery which complements the handsome paneling in the Study which adjoins the space. The Study’s leaded sash bay window is recessed in an alcove also having a gothic arch.
The family room is enhanced by the cathedral ceiling with its exposed beams and a substantial fireplace which provides a warm and inviting space for relaxation and recreation.
A wood paneled gallery leads form the living areas to the master bedroom suite. Complete with individual bathrooms and dressing rooms, this elegant suite is embellished with ornate chandeliers, intricate tile work, and an antique leaded glass window that casts an ethereal glow.
The equally charming pool house is a relaxed and comfortable space that is fully equipped for poolside entertaining. Expansive floor-to-ceiling steel sash windows in the sitting room allow for natural daylight and offer views of the lush surroundings. The landscaped gardens are beautifully designed spaces in their own right and feature idyllic playhouse designed by the architect for the owner’s children.