The Craftsman

In the early 1900s, Gustav Stickley began publication of his influential magazine The Craftsman. The magazine was devoted entirely to the construction and interior design of the Arts & Crafts movement. Stickley was an architect himself, as well as a furniture-maker. He was also an ardent proponent of the Arts & Crafts philosophy that advocated for a revolt against the presumed evils of the Industrial Revolution – mass-produced, shoddy goods – and a return to handcraftsmanship. Working with architect Harvey Ellis, Stickley designed 221 house plans which he published in The Craftsman.

Before World War II, the Craftsman was one of the most popular styles of housing. Most Craftsman homes are smaller cottages, often referred to as bungalows, with a small front porch. However, in the Southeast, these large-scaled Craftsman dwellings are quite rare.

Craftsman Farmhouse
Constructed in 1915 by an architect from Atlanta, elaborate stonework covers the exterior, chimneys, and porch columns. The roofline is accentuated by wide overhanging eaves.
Craftsman Farmhouse
Arts & Crafts homes were constructed in harmony with their landscape; wood was often stained or painted brown. A wide porch stretches across the length of the front supported by rock columns. The original covered entrance has since collapsed from decay.
Craftsman Farmhouse
The house has sat unoccupied since the late 1990s. Vines and ivy have engulfed the home, almost completely covering portions of the exterior.
Craftsman Farmhouse
Inside, a central hall greets visitors as they enter the main entrance. During construction, the house became so popular that neighbors asked the builder to build homes for them too. One house had its staircase removed entirely and replaced with one identical to this one.

Craftsman Farmhouse

Craftsman Farmhouse
Craftsman homes are best known for their warm woodwork and many rooms. Built-in cabinetry provides storage and makes the most of available space. The box beam ceilings add another level of elegance and show the builder took the time and expense to add the beautiful detailing.
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Today, the house remains full of antiques and personal belongings. An upright piano, an organ, and a square grand piano sit across from one another in the formal dining room.
Farmhouse
Vines creep through an upstairs bedroom window. Boxes of belongings are stacked in each room.
Farmhouse
Twenty years of cobwebs cover the entire house and its contents.
Farmhouse
Stuffed animals and faded family photographs were among the items littered in an upstairs bedroom. There are currently no plans for the home. The property is currently for sale for $500,000.

9 Replies to “The Craftsman”

  1. Well, at least it doesn’t look like vandals have hit the place a spray-painted it.

    I would assume the property is owned by the state or county/parish now.

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    1. what happens with these homes and furniture property that’s left behind , does the home get auctioned off and if it does who do you inquire about it.

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  2. It makes me ill to see such beautiful homes going to waste. They need to be picked up by the local Historical Society and brought back to life.

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  3. Craftmans Farmhouse Please give information about the owner and if known, why did they walk off and leave the house? I love the pictures and love the history of house even more!

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