Hey All ~ Quick post here about an outstanding event that I went to last Thursday evening. It was the Atlanta Symphony Associations Decorators Showhouse. These are always incredible tours, not only because of the unsurpassed talents of the participants involved, but also, because of the spectacular venues which they are able to showcase. And this one was nothing less than amazing. We were lucky enough to actually have a private guided tour put on by the ICA&A and led by none other than Jonathan Lacrosse. If you want to get the skinny on anything pertaining to Atlanta Homes, History and Heritage, go to Jonathan. It’s incredible how much he knows about the Icons, the family’s, the stories and the legends that went into the formation of this fine city.
This Home, originally designed in 1929 by none other than Phillip Trammell Shutze, is affectionately known as Knollwood. In reality, it would be better to refer to her as Knollwood II. James L. Dickey Sr., an early Atlanta business giant, bought approximately 400 acres here and had several buildings constructed on the property. Could you imagine, 400 acres right off of West Paces Ferry Road, a stones throw from the downtown. Crazy. Over the years though, pieces of the land were broken off and subsequently changed hands. Mostly from friend to friend (I love that…shame that it somehow seems to have faded away with the years). In 1911, William Kiser took ownership of about 18 acres of the land and the former version of Knollwood. He elected to have the original “summer house” demolished and began establishing the plans for his families dream Home.
Now, on with the tour.
Approach from Woodhaven Road
An aspect common to signature Shutze site planning, is to have the driveway sweep through the landscape, often approaching from the rear of the Home, winding around the side to a comfortable drop zone in the front, allowing every side there a share of character and dignity. Often making it difficult to distinguish the true front from the rear.
First Stop…Headed to the Garden
Thought the kids would love this shot
Gotta Love a Great Gate
Ahhh, the gardens. That’s good stuff.
View back toward the Home
And the Pool.
If you zoom in, you will notice the molded brick surround on this side facade. No lack of detail here.
Venturing into the side yard
I love to explore…
And then; there’s the limestone porte cochere…Incredible!!!
Yep, evey piece of the ensemble is limestone. Really, really, really Cool.
I would love to share with you some photos from the interior, but, out of respect for the ASA Show House team and Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle Magazine, who will be running a future piece on the designer spaces, I’ll refrain. It is something else though. As you could imagine, a tremendous effort was made through the design process for transforming each of these interior rooms without compromising the integrity of the original design intent.
The tour will be open up until May 13th, so if your looking for a great Mother’s Day idea, don’t say I never gave you anything. Or, if you just want a chance to take in the sites of a true Atlanta landmark, check it out before the opportunity is gone forever. Certainly well worth it.
All my Best,
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