Houses on the 2016 Tour Of Homes are shown below.
The Tour of Homes is presented by:
(pictures courtesy of neighbor Ben Mitchell)
Lindsey and Jarod Cheney
214 Hurt Street
In 1973 Inman Park was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In August of the same year Mary Lou and Jay Wilson purchased this 1909 American Foursquare. The Wilsons envisioned returning the duplex to its original state as a single-family residence. They lovingly uncovered original details, which are still in place today, such as inlaid hardwood floors, 1909 stained glass windows and double front doors. Salvaging handrails, wood, and brick from local wrecking yards, they transformed this into their dream home, which was on the 1974 Inman Park Tour of Homes while it was still in the middle of renovation.
Today the Wilsons’ heir, Lindsey, and her husband Jarod Cheney live here with their dog, Georgia. The Cheneys worked with architect Tarver Siebert and designer Sherry Bartlett in restoring the 107-year-old home. “Our goals were maintaining the original character and the Wilsons’ layout, adding modern conveniences with period-appropriate finishes, and creating a comfortable yet elegant home.” This can best be seen in the redesigned master suite and spectacular dining room. Mary Lou’s architectural design skills appear in the study and open kitchen with the tongue-and-groove wood ceiling.
“We feel this is our opportunity as stewards of the neighborhood to carry on the 214 Hurt legacy. We love the story our home tells of its 40-plus-year journey from duplex rental to restoration, with one-of-a kind architectural details in a comfortable atmosphere on a gorgeous lot with a 120-plus-year-old pecan tree.”
Gray and Marge Crouse
876 Euclid Avenue
Marge and Gray Crouse have always been careful to maintain their home’s historic charm. The bungalow, built in 1913, was probably never subdivided into apartments, and the woodwork, miraculously, was never painted. Since they moved here in 1985, the Crouses have completed seven renovations, large and small. Over the years, they themselves have repaired plaster, cleaned and refinished woodwork, hung wallpaper, and made curtains.
Designed by Inman Park resident and architect Richard Dagenhart, their various projects added three dormers in the attic space—providing two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a sitting area (not on tour); gutted the kitchen—moving windows and doors; installed new cabinets to match those in the butler’s pantry, which has been preserved; moved the second-story staircase from the dining room to the back hall; gutted the hall bath—installing period-appropriate features; and added hall cabinets. Their last project, completed last year, incorporated elements that will enable the Crouses to retire here and replaced the original back porch with a master bath, breakfast area, family room, and screened porch upstairs, as well as a laundry/utility room and carport downstairs.
The home is full of furniture and artwork with strong family associations. The walls display examples of Marge’s cross-stitch and paintings by Gray’s mother and grandmother. Much of the furniture was collected by Gray’s and Marge’s ancestors, including a collection of keyboards: in the dining room, an American harmonium; in the living room a grand piano and a Zuckerman kit harpsichord built by Gray’s father, who also built the grandfather clock in the corner.
Helen and Clark Cunningham
845 Ashland Avenue
The iron moose head perched high on the front points to the inventive character of Helen and Clark Cunninghams’ house, built in the 1920s. Before they purchased the house, it belonged to artist Christine Sibley who—along with other artists—infused it with her creative spirit. There is the fence lining the property, each slat carved with a celestial shape; the stained-glass windows in the foyer and sun room; the back yard’s mosaic deck and circular staircase; and the ephemeral garden sculptures. The waterfall—part of the back yard pond—was designed to evoke the fountain Christine designed for the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
Since moving here in 2002, the Cunninghams have added their own imaginative touches. The folk art throughout the home tells of their travels to India, Nepal, China, Japan, Peru, Belgium, Costa Rica, and Australia. Following damage from a fallen tree in 2010, they renovated the master bedroom and bathroom to offer a cozy haven. They built the back patio and expanded the backyard garden, which boasts a rich mix of azaleas, hostas, ferns, and camellias. They also added two office spaces: a garden study for Clark, which includes a full bath, darkroom, attic, and two exterior storage rooms and, at the top of the stairs, an office-without-an-office-feel for Helen, making great use of the house’s period architecture and light from the upstairs porch.
This intimate home invites you to take off your shoes, enjoy the front porch, or quaff a glass of wine in its playful, artistic atmosphere.
Karen Goeckel and Bill Goodman
766 Dixie Avenue
In a neighborhood that loves its porches, this home brings its A-game. Built around 1905, it included a wide, open front porch. But after the house next door was condemned, previous owners Diane and Bill Jordan purchased the adjacent property, which they used to add a wrap-around and expand the back porch, as well as extending the back yard. Karen and Bill and their son have made good use of this outdoor space with frequent, festive gatherings of their family and friends, along with their two dogs.
The house, which retains its original flooring, molding, and staircase, has a great deal of character. The current homeowners attribute much of that to the Jordans, who stripped all the woodwork, added Palladian windows to the dining room and staircase, and installed a pond, brick patio, and chicken coop in the backyard. Though the Jordans took their thirty-plus chickens with them when they moved in 2014, Karen quickly filled the coop with new hens and has learned to love her feathered friends.
The family has continued to renovate the house to reflect their modern and mid-century taste while honoring its historic character. Indeed, they say, the wood of the turn-of-the-century moldings helps pull everything together. Karen and Bill have just completed the first phase of their renovations, which include adding a master bath and closet, reclaiming the fourth bedroom, updating the kitchen, and improving the landscaping in the front yard. Future plans include improvements to the brick patios, walkways, and garage, along with finishing the storage space above the garage.
Krista and Tom Baldwin
68 Waddell Street
Tom and Krista’s home is the perfect showcase for their personal style and the joy they take in entertaining family and friends. As you tour their home, notice Krista’s artistic flair for collecting and decorating—for instance, the pen and ink drawings in the entrance hall depicting their previous homes. The stained glass windows and transoms downstairs—which change colors depending on which side they are viewed from—were created by local artist Susan McCracken.
The family gathers with their guests in the kitchen, which has a custom-made maple table that seats ten and a light-filled seating area nearby, where Krista and Tom like to enjoy a glass of wine and relax in the evening. Note also the master bedroom, featuring an entire wall of black-and-white family photos plus a remarkable view from the bedroom deck, which highlights the diverse flavor of in-town living.
This is one of a row of six Victorian-style in-fill houses built in 1992 by neighbor Kathy Day. Since purchasing the home in 1997, the Baldwins have made some large changes. For example, two years ago—with guidance from his talented brother-in-law—Tom opened the screened back porch into a comfortable courtyard area, which the Baldwins and their sons enjoy during pleasant weather. They took on another major project when they created the charming carriage house for Krista’s mother (not on tour) designed and built by local craftsman Ted Braun.
50 Spruce Street
“I bought windows and the house came with them,” says Cathie Berger. Sunlight floods the rooms, which is startling once you learn that in 2014 Cathie converted the upstairs porch to living space; it would have seemed that adding walls would darken the area. But Cathie designed the new space to maximize light, with large windows and an open floor plan.
The house is one of four that was prefabricated and moved here in 1997 to the site of a fire-gutted restaurant. It reflects the signature architectural style of Charleston, South Carolina, with its side entrance via a long porch. The historical layout created abundant space within a small footprint while allowing for greater airflow and privacy.
A native of South Africa, Cathie and her late husband lived for many years in Germany, so the interior reflects a European modernism. Focal points for the downstairs living room, which was redesigned in 2013, include a contemporary fireplace and a custom wall unit from Germany. The very recent kitchen remodel features sleek cabinets, sliding doors, and updated countertops. Upstairs you will find a master suite—including a bathroom, closet, sitting area, home office, and laundry room—that speaks to Cathie’s taste for streamlined urban luxury.
Cathie says that redesigning this house has changed the way she lives. She has minimized furniture and clutter and now focuses more on how light and space create an environment that is comfortable, warm, and inviting to all who visit.
Debbie Hutchinson and Thana Sakas
Inman Motor Works
820 DeKalb Avenue, Unit 3
Art and orchids add vibrancy to the home of Debbie Hutchinson and Thana Sakas. Debbie is a sculptor and metalsmith whose work can be seen throughout the loft space. Look for Nectar, a piece that features her signature style: combining glass and metal. “I like the juxtaposition [of both materials] and play with it,” she says. Visitors can peek into her workshop, which sits off the bright “Manhattan Style” patio. Front and center of this colorful space is a fountain she created. ”You can hear the city sounds from here,” Debbie says, “but you have this little garden that gives you a touch of nature.”
Thana purchased the unit in 2002 prior to a major remodeling in 2006. The downstairs bathroom got a makeover in 2008, the year Debbie moved in to the unit. Debbie and Thana get together with friends and neighbors in the living room, where filled bookshelves flank and subdue the built-in movie screen. The large kitchen is friendly and functional and made for entertaining.
As you ascend the steps, the space changes and floods with light. “It’s like a treehouse up here,” Thana says. “It’s more serene. It’s the antithesis of the industrial look downstairs.” This cozy place, with a sofa and a second bathroom, was added in 2011. It includes a shower wall made up of recycled glass tile. Don’t miss the beautiful orchid collection on the windowsill as you leave this loft oasis.
Inman Motor Works
820 DeKalb Avenue, Unit 7
This unit at the end of a lush patio alley is full of wonderful surprises. Visitors are treated to a display of beautiful Victorian and Edwardian dresses made by loft owner John Richardson. His workshop is a charming part of this loft space that includes a living room and kitchen space downstairs. The ”costume elf” hanging from the ceiling over the workshop was a gift from a friend who decorated Christmas displays in shopping malls. Look for the Italian made angels flying through the space. There are three large and five small ones that John says “bring good fortune.”
It’s hard to miss the pictures of famous ice skaters displayed in the living room. John supports figure skaters and is a skater himself. In 1997 he was the Adult Silver Men’s National Champion and Men’s World Champion in 1999 and has the medals and trophies to prove it.
Another amazing part of this loft is the 180 feet of model railroad track winding through the upstairs bedroom. “I don’t have trains in my bedroom,” John says. “I have a bed in my train room.” He started this enormous model railroad only a year ago and continues to add to its intricate landscape.
Antique furniture throughout the industrial style loft space adds a warm and welcoming contrast. If you stand in John’s living room, you suddenly realize that you are standing below DeKalb Avenue.
Inman Park United Methodist Church
Reverend Max Vincent, Minister
1015 Edgewood Avenue
The Inman Park Methodist Church is older than the Inman Park neighborhood. In 1866 a local congregation met first in homes, then in a small brush arbor, and finally in a wood-frame church in the Edgewood community across the railroad tracks. The cornerstone for the current building was laid on September 6, 1897, and the building was dedicated on April 17, 1898.
Service to the community has always been a strong tradition of this church. It was here that Methodist Bishop Warren Candler accepted a check for one million dollars from his brother, Coca-Cola Company proprietor Asa Candler, to found Emory University.
Twenty-three-year-old architect Willis Franklin Denny II (1874-1905) designed the sanctuary building in a Romanesque-style structure of Stone Mountain granite at a cost of $12,620. Note the tower, turret, bays, arches and particularly, the beautiful stained glass windows. Asa Candler purchased one of the windows as a tribute to his mother, Martha Beall Candler, at a cost of $125 and inscribed it “She hath done what she could.” The pulpit, furniture, pews, chancel rail, wainscoting, beams and ceilings are all original. The walls show the effects of 108 years and show large patches of the original “Denny Blue” calcimine paint. Just a few steps beyond the sanctuary sits the original pastor’s study with the original church organ and archives – open for all to explore.
Please join us for a Sunday Morning Service as our church continues to
1014 Edgewood Avenue, Unit #7
Despite its industrial feel, Sally Dorn’s home—her third in Inman Park—is suffused with family. Her family partnership, Otis Ferguson Realty, bought the building in 1995 and converted it into eight residential units. Her brother, Inman Park resident Bill Dorn, designed and built the project, and his wife, artist Janet Sowers, painted the fancifully colored furniture that enlivens Sally’s space. Sally’s teenaged grandson lives here part-time, and one of her daughters and her husband live elsewhere in the building.
The structure was built in 1940 to provide offices, shop, and warehouse space for a contractor. By the 1970s, it housed the Atlanta Chapter of the Iron Workers’ Union. The residential remodeling added mezzanines to increase the floor area, while the western side of the building was cut back to accommodate the walkway. The roof and concrete floors were repaired, and each unit was fitted with a kitchen, bathroom, skylights, windows, and stairways.
The building retains aspects of its industrial origins, such as the floors, which preserve traces of paint, and the barrel roof, still plainly visible inside the living units. Its commercial past was further emphasized by the use of industrial finishes and materials. From the living room, a glance upward reveals complex layered forms below a high ceiling. The big tilted box is an upstairs closet. In front of it, the arched windows of the bathroom echo the curve of the roof.
Sally’s art collection, on display throughout her home, features dwellings—including Noah’s arks. It includes work by both trained and self-taught regional artists.