Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Own a Bit of History- Philip Trammel Shutze Homes, Part I

The Edward H. Inman (1925-28) House in Atlanta, also known as Swan House, is one
Most design-savvy Atlantans know all about the architectural treasures of our city (I am still learning). Buildings designed by Philip Trammel Shutze are arguably among some of the most well-recognized and revered in our town. Originally from Columbus, Georgia, Shutze studied at Georgia Tech, Columbia University, and was awarded the Rome Prize in 1915. After spending time in Rome and New York City, his Atlanta career began at the firm Hentz, Reid, and Adler. While well-known for his European-influenced style, such as the infamous Edward H. Inman home (1928), aka the Swan House, Shutze also utilized American colonial, Georgian, and Federal architecture. Please note that I am well out of my league here- the Architectural Tourist would be giving you a much better lesson. But, having stumbled upon several of Shutze's homes for sale, I now have another book for the reading list- Elizabeth M. Downing's American Classicist: The Architecture of of Philip Trammel Shutze.

You've probably already read many posts on Shutze. But, did you know that, in part, the crappy economy has provided you with an opportunity to own a Shutze?

First up, the Albert Thornton Home (1938) at 205 West Paces Ferry Road. The house, renovated and expanded, is currently on the market for $5.3 million. Based on tax assessment records and Richard Hyatt's Columbus, William T. Heard III, of Heard Chevrolet, purchased the home for $2.8M in 2007. After Mr. Heard had listed the property for $6.99M last fall, it seems that with the demise of Heard Chevrolet (the company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy), the bank acquired the property in January 2009. I couldn't find all the details, so if someone knows more, please fill us in. All photos from listing.

This is my all-time favorite. Just look at the picture of the pool with the house lit! Check out the black and white tiled bathroom with the crystal sconces! And the terrace-level kitchen.

Next up, the the James Goodrum House (1929), 320 West Paces Ferry Road, now the Southern Center for International Studies. I've not yet been able to determine why the house is for sale, so if anyone can enlighten us, I'd love to know! This is the priciest option of the three, listed for $4.995M.
Below are pictures from the home's real estate listing. Please note the backyard, which is far too perfect to be termed just the backyard. I adore the outdoor free-standing portico (right word?) and the iron railings on the porch. Just need to scrap the invasive mimosa trees.

And lastly for today, Knollwood, or the W.H. Kiser House (1929) at 3351 Woodhaven Road. This house is listed for a mere $5.2M. I am especially in love with the tree-lined drive, stairwell, sunroom/porch, and the little pool house, which appears to have a mural painted on it. Admittedly, much of the house is not quite decorated in my taste, but can you imagine if Phoebe Howard got ahold of this?

Any takers?



  1. Such grand and beautiful interiors!

  2. The Albert Thornton Home? To die for!

  3. The Thornton home is wonderful. Did I see a slate roof? I love a slate roof

  4. West Paces Ferry is a treasure chest of stunning homes! Beautiful post!

  5. Thanks so much for the post. We are fortunate that so many Shutze's are in Atlanta and that he was such a hard working man.

    The one Shutze place where ordinary folks could hope to live is "The Villa" in Ansley Park. There is sometimes a condo there for sale. One of my favorites from "American Classicist" is Figure 257 on Page 214.

    I reread Vincent Scully's introduction to help me understand Shutze's work.

  6. So beautiful, and thanks for the lesson!

  7. I wonder what types of homes our generation will be leaving - I think this sort of grand home is a thing of the past. Such luxury and timeless design.

  8. That red chinoiserie staircase is unreal! cant get that out of my mind!!!!

    loved you comment today!

  9. Ellie, this is just such a GREAT post. Learned so much from reading it. The red staircase is my particular favorite - stunning.

  10. Great, great post! I love this kind of stuff. I am actually organizing a tour of Shutze homes led by one of Atlanta's prominent architects, Stan Dixon - it will be an auction item at my kids' school. We will tour three privately owned Shutze homes.

    Hey - you missed another Shutze home that is on the market! It is at 3124 East Pine Valley Road, and has just been reduced to $1.6, and is a major fixer upper.

  11. Thanks to all for the great comments! I loved the chinoiserie stair as well.

    Ooh- I would love to bid on the tour! Great item!

    More on Part II! There were already so many pictures for Part I!


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