Smoke House

In the late 1870s, at the peak of the Aesthetic Movement, a wealthy businessman purchased a rural 11-acre lot south of Atlanta, Georgia. The property was the former home of the Georgia Female 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 burned college.

Smoke HouseThe five bedroom, two bath Victorian mansion was considered by local newspapers to be one of the most elegant country homes in Georgia. Each of the eight main rooms in the Smoke House featured 14-foot ceilings and a fireplace. The first floor is complimented with black walnut built-in cabinets, stenciled ceilings, and wainscoting. The downstairs pocket doors open to reveal the library.

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Smoke House

Smoke HouseIn 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.

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20626062493_8882664706_k.jpgOver the next 60 years, numerous members of the family occupied the Smoke House. In 1978, a couple purchased the mansion from the family of the second owner and immediately began restoring the home to its original glory.

Smoke House

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Smoke HouseThe meticulous restoration garnered awards and was recognized by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation in the 1980s. The homeowners collected antique furnishings to recreate the Aesthetic Movement interior. The Smoke House was the only home in the city to ever win such an award. The photos below were taken after the last renovation.

Unfortunately, a fire significantly burned the back half of the house in 2001. The Smoke House has been vacant ever since. A majority of the ornate 133 year old interior still remains, despite the fire damage. The house was listed for sale in 2015 for $459,000. As of 2017, the Smoke House has been taken off the market and remains abandoned.

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10 thoughts on “Smoke House

  1. You do a great job of finding architecture of beauty from the past, and your pictures tell the stories well. I read you’re a millennial – good news that some young people don’t want to lose the past and aren’t just into selfies 🙂

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  2. Yes – I agree about the selfie thing! 😀 It is wonderful to see people using and developing their talents at any age but I do love seeing it in youngsters. All I can say is brilliant, BRILLIANT work and I look forward to seeing more.

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  3. I like the illusion in photo seven with the oval frame on the right. It looks like a small person in the background and someone preparing to step out wearing black in the right foreground. Great stories, thank for sharing!

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