At the peak of the Aesthetic Movement, a wealthy Georgia businessman purchased a rural 11 acre lot south of Atlanta. The site was home to a former college which burned to the ground during the Civil War. In 1883, the businessman built a 5,000 square foot mansion on the foundation of the former college.
The five bedroom two bath mansion was considered by local newspapers to be one of the most elegant country homes in the state.
Each of the eight main rooms featured fourteen foot ceilings and a working fireplace. Solid walnut built in cabinets and wainscoting compliment the first floor.
The walnut pocket doors slide open to reveal the library.
In 1905, the Smoke House was sold. The second owner updated the color scheme throughout and repainted the exterior. In 1916, indoor plumbing and electricity were added.
Over the next 60 years, numerous members of the family occupied the Smoke House until the 1970s. In 1978, a couple purchased the mansion and immediately began restoring the home to its original glory.
The meticulous restoration garnered Historic Preservation awards in the 1980s.
The homeowners collected antique furnishings to recreate the Aesthetic Movement interior. It was the only home in the city to ever win such an award.
Above, photos taken after the renovation.
Unfortunately, in 2001 a fire significantly burned the back half of the house. The Smoke House has been vacant since. A majority of the historic interior still remains intact 133 years later despite the damage. The Smoke House is currently for sale with an unlisted asking price.