Tickets are available now at the Cathedral Book Store and at cathedralantiques.org.
Sunday, February 7
11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Step into a world of timeless style as five of Atlanta's most beautiful private residences are opened to the public for just one day. Each home is a showcase of the best in interior design, architecture, and the art of good living.
This elegant house by the old Atlanta architectural firm Pringle & Smith has had only two owners since its construction in 1927. The current owners have preserved the integrity of the original design while making sensitive additions that accommodate contemporary modes of living.
The house is nestled in a bower of trees at the end of a gently curving drive. An unassuming front door opens to intimate, beautifully-proportioned rooms characterized by the confident use of bold, sophisticated color palettes and furnished with family heirlooms and art. French doors and terraces create a smooth transition between the comfortable interiors and the outdoor rooms formed by the angles of the house and the sloping terrain of the wooded setting.
With a cedar shake roof and walls of brick and stone, the exterior of this new house by Ladisic Fine Homes in collaboration with architect Linda MacArthur is a harmonious synthesis of traditional styles––particularly Cape Dutch and British Arts and Crafts. Inside, contemporary finishes set the tone for high-ceilinged spaces that flow seamlessly from one to another, and sunlight washes into almost every room.
Before building this house, the homeowners and their children had outgrown two other houses in Peachtree Park. They wanted to build their next house in the same neighborhood and quickly identified this lot as the ideal location, but the owner was not interested in selling. When, after 17 long years, the property finally came on the market, the current owners snapped it up and set about building their stylish new home.
West Wesley Road
Secluded from the street, the main facade of this house by Harrison Design Associates is a serene composition of taut classical proportions and precise details. Boxwood hedges and the building materials themselves engage the architecture in a dialogue that is continued inside the house, where clean lines are enriched by subtle textures and the natural beauty of wood and stone.
The owners’ love of design is further reflected in furnishings of an almost sculptural quality, and the house provides a perfect setting for a highly personal art collection. But aesthetics were not the only considerations here: the house was built with sustainable materials, and it is handicapped-accessible. This house is a home where everyone can enjoy the view.
With its red tile roof and thick stucco walls, this 1928 house would have been a familiar sight in Florida, where Mediterranean Revival designs had constituted the de facto official architecture of the 1920s real estate boom. For Atlanta, however, the style was––and still is––a cheerful departure from the norm. Colorful interiors and tropical landscaping complement the flamboyant architecture.
The current owners have filled the house with objects collected over decades of travel and mementos from favorite destinations, including the hotel on Capri where they have celebrated their wedding anniversaries. The brass room number plaque from the door of their favorite room there––a gift from the hotel staff––now adorns the door to the master bedroom.
Nancy Creek Road
A bridge over a woodland stream leads to the best of both worlds: a country house in the city. Having grown tired of life in a suburb, the homeowners began looking for a house in town. When they found this property, they hired architect Michael Dobbs to renovate the existing house and bring their vision to life.
The result is an urban farmhouse perfectly suited to the daily lives of a family of five, with spaces throughout the home lending themselves equally to gathering as a family or reading in solitude. Bright, relaxed interiors feature soothing neutral colors and rustic textures such as beadboard and reclaimed wood; deep porches, broad lawns and a pool and pavilion encourage spending time outdoors. However—indoors or out—the star of the show is the natural beauty of the setting.