The 2014 Tour Of Homes celebrated its 43rd Year with Several Homes and Points of Interest on Tour.
(pictures courtesy of neighbor Ben Mitchell)

724 Lake Avenue
Steve Ray

When Steve bought his house in 1988, from the estate of Pearl Hendrix otherwise known as “Pistol-packing Pearl,” he discovered that his home had been used as a flop-house by as many as nine residents at a time. That certainly explained why a crude wall, allowing for even more rental spaces, had subdivided the dining room! Rain cascaded into the bathroom, making an umbrella essential.

Steve’s motto: “To be eclectic is to be human,” has served him well in the ensuing years. He has not only made his home livable, but has turned it into what has been termed a giant habitable sculpture. His goal, to have most of his furnishings be antique or unique, began as a friendly competition with the late sculptor and neighbor, Christine Sibley, to have the most interesting house in Inman Park. Thus, inspirations for his designs range from Salvador Dali to The Addams Family.

Many of the furnishings in the living room were designed by Steve, and feature work by local artist, Diane John. You will see tributes to the work of O’Keefe, Matisse, and DaVinci. The dining room is decorated with found objects and furnishings including a piano, a transom from a 1880s London bordello, and a signed Salvador Dali print. There is also a Civil War cavalry officer’s sword which was forged in Nashville in 1862 and belonged to Steve’s great-grandfather. In the bedroom, his great-grandmother made the quilt hanging on the wall.

220 Inman Lane
Elisa & Andy Hill

220 Inman Lane

Elisa and Andy Hill have lived in England, Chicago, Memphis to name just a few, but made Inman Park home when they purchased their new townhome in October 2012. Andy and Elisa enjoy travel and have picked up a few pieces that bring the new and the old together.

The formal dining room features an exquisite Victorian Mahogany dining table and all of its original balloon-back chairs that seats 14. It was built in 1870 and was purchased by Elisa and Andy in Cheshire, England. On the wall is an Egyptian Papyrus painting entitled Final Judgment, which was painted with 24 carat gold. Both it and the hand-woven silk tapestry hanging on the entry wall were purchased in Luxor.

The main living space features a gleaming modern kitchen overlooking a stylish and comfortable family room complete with fireplace. The living space opens onto a spacious deck for relaxing and entertaining. Nandina’s John Ishmael worked with Elisa and Andy to furnish the living space. The photo canvas wall was a gift by Andy for Elisa to capture their world travels together.

There are treasures upstairs too. From the master suite, Elisa and Andy have a view of the Atlanta skyline and enjoy watching people on the beltline. Don’t miss the George IV Goncalo chaise with hand carved rosettes and octagonal tapered legs.

245 N. Highland Ave, Inman Park Lofts #324
Ken Britt

245 N Highland

Inman Park Village, a mixed-use development, was built in 2005 on the former industrial site known as the Mead Plant. These 4+ acres now incorporate single family homes, townhomes, condos, apartments and retail space. Ken Britt purchased his 1250 square foot, 2 bedroom, 2 bath home in the IPV lofts in 2012. This corner unit has 11 foot ceilings, concrete floors and enormous windows overlooking the Inman Park neighborhood. Ken turned to Interior Designer John Ishmael of Nandina Home & Design to transform the condo’s blank canvas into a comfortable living environment that would showcase his extensive art collection.

In addition to amassing his unique array of artwork over many years, Ken has also acquired several wonderful mid-century modern furniture pieces. John Ishmael jumped at the opportunity to use Ken’s classic Womb Chair and cocktail table designed by Eero Saarinen and Louis Ghost armchair by Philippe Starck in the overall interior design. The results are a soft, contemporary view on modern design. The vast art collection combines beautifully with the clean lines of custom upholstery, black hide chrome chairs and handsome drapery. The dining room features a stunning graphic print curved bench and an impressive chrome chandelier. Dark colors mix with bold, bright accents to complete the design and create a perfect example of a modern urban loft.

834 Lake Avenue
Lori Nipp

834 Lake

Lori knew a good thing when she walked into 834 Lake Avenue in 2007. The home had been completed in 2006 on what was formerly an industrial site and redeveloped into Inman Park Village. Architect Bill Harrison of Harrison Designs designed the bungalows marrying the historical regulations with an open floor plan. Locating from a large home in Gwinnett with her golden retriever, Buffy, Lori didn’t have to sacrifice space in this 4-bedroom, 4.5-bath and two-car garage home.

It was love at first sight when Lori saw the large open kitchen complete with Viking appliances and an oversized cooked top. The home is the perfect place for Lori to entertain friends. “I love the flow of my home. I have had parties with 100 or more guests and had no trouble accommodating everyone.” She worked with designer Bill Mohr to incorporate scale, color, and family furniture pieces into the home.

Her favorite architectural feature of the home is the front porch. “In nice weather it is great to have a place to sit and read. In Inman Park we love our porches.” The iron fence was added to the front yard so Buffy can enjoy being outside too. The back yard features a covered patio and a beautiful flagstone patio and fountain.

“My home has a great location. I am within walking distance to great restaurants and shopping. Plus my neighborhood is fantastic – it is a fun, diverse, historic and very dog-friendly place to live.”

203 Hale Street
Anna & David Laube

203 Hale

Originally built in 1912, this wonderful house has been home to many different families during its past and has seen a world of changes both inside and out. The view from the front porch changed from a pastoral field to an industrial plant to a mix-use development. The house has now finally recovered from a fire next door that required a new roof and renovation on the main floor. This house is quite simply the “little house that could”.

In 2012, for the home’s 100th birthday, the Laubes completed a whole-house renovation which included adding nearly 700 square feet by building the entire upstairs (and all while Anna was pregnant with their first child, Oliver!). The bedrooms and guest bath on the main floor are still the original configuration minus some creative reworking of the closet layouts.

Anna and David bought the home in 2005 and spent three years designing the renovation along with local architect Adam Stillman. The new design opened up many walls downstairs including the galley kitchen; closed off dining room and foyer to create a more open living concept; all the while internalizing the utilitarian functions of a laundry room, stairs, and storage area.

Anna is from Sweden and her modern Scandinavian design sense can be seen throughout the house, while paying homage to the home’s original historic features. The original kitchen window can now be seen above the bar; the fireplaces feature their original tile surrounds; and reclaimed hardwoods were added to blend perfectly with the existing floors.

197 Hale Street
Mary White

197 Hale Street

“You’ve lost your mind” is what Mary’s friends exclaimed when she told them about purchasing the burned-out, dilapidated shell of a house at 197 Hale in “as-is” condition. Nearly invisible from the street, the long-time vacant home eyesore was dreadful inside. William Hale and his brothers reportedly built the home, along with others on Hale Street, in 1910 as low-income housing. But Mary saw the beautiful, distinctive “bones” beneath the decay and fell in love.

After two structural engineers, an architect (it’s said he fell through the floor while documenting the holes in the roof), and her engineer son convinced her that restoration was futile, she changed course and sought approval for demolition. She and her architect, Adam Stillman, worked to re-create the facade of the original historic home and work within the rules of the historic regulations of the neighborhood. Mary created the interior, after spending 30 years remodeling and restoring 10 different properties, including three historic properties in Charleston, SC.

It required two years to complete, but Mary’s home is comfortable, open and easy to live in and serves as the perfect backdrop to her art collection. The bright, colorful upstairs bedrooms are decorated for her four granddaughters. Mary shares a driveway with the Laube’s next door. The charming exterior of her “new” home blends into the best neighborhood in Atlanta as if it were the original.

841 Virgil Street
Mary Logan and David Bikoff

841 Virgil

This 1920 working class bungalow has been in the same family since the 1940′s when Mary and David purchased it. No changes or updates had been made to the 830 square foot home and Mary Logan & David embarked on a down to the studs renovation. Local architect Adam Stillman created very efficient spaces throughout and reconfigured the entire layout adding almost 300 square feet.

Contractor, Aaron McGuiness and his wife and designer, Gina and their design-build company, Craftbuilt- enthusiastically shared Mary Logan & David’s vision to preserve and reuse the existing materials in the renovation. The heart pine floors, the six-panel doors, the brick fireplace and the door hardware were all salvaged from the home. On the exterior the original wood siding was discovered under asphalt shingles that covered it for decades and most of it was preserved.

In the front hall there is the doorway where the original front door was located. When a layer of 1950s plaster was removed the original exterior wood siding was discovered along with the doorway. According to Mary Logan, “We knew it was a very cool feature, so we left it exposed inside our house.” Also saved was a 1950s added stone porch foundation. Built over the old foundation is the new wood front porch.

One of the best things about a bungalow is life on the front porch and Mary Logan & David love having one!

829 Dixie Avenue
Katharine Chestnut-Klang & Ben Klang

829 Dixie Ave

After scoping out the neighborhood for 20 years, Ben and Katharine became the proud owners of their new home in May 2013. They were attracted to the original Craftsman features, huge front porch and screened back porch overlooking the yard. 829 Dixie is now home to three generations, including their daughter, Asha, and Katharine’s father.
As is true of so many older Inman Park homes, this one has had many different owners through the decades, including a Fulton County deputy tax collector in the 1940s. Much of the original Craftsman charm remains in the woodwork, doors, high ceilings and living room fireplace. Note especially the original tin ceiling in the kitchen. Two bedrooms and a bath were added in an attic renovation 15 years ago.

The beloved Seed & Feed Marching Abominable Band is central theme in the house and in Katharine and Ben’s lives. It’s where Katharine (a.k.a. Drum babe) and Ben met! Numerous works of art and posters throughout their home represent the band. An artist who saw them perform at Charleston’s Spoleto Festival 15 years ago painted the huge watercolor in the living room. The foyer is home to bookshelves covered with colorful hats and even a headdress decorated for the band. The office artwork includes a reprint of an advertisement featuring the Abominables from the 1990s. Note the photograph of Katharine’s father at age 5.

80 Druid Circle
Judi Jacobs & Morgan Shallcross

80 Druid Circle

Morgan and Judi bought their home in July of 2010. Judi had lived in Inman Park since 1996 so when Morgan tried to convince her to move in with him in Decatur, Judi was adamant about staying in Inman Park! Of course now Morgan couldn’t be happier anywhere else!

Their home was built in 1910. The front rooms of the home – the living room, office, dining room, and guest suite – are all original. In 2007, the previous owners did a major renovation relocating the kitchen from one side to the other side of the home – note the missing chimney in the dining room. They also built out the second floor adding a master suite and two additional bedrooms and another bath. Morgan and Judi completed a minor renovation in April 2013 when they added the fireplace and framed TV in the den.

Typical of Craftsman homes, the ceilings are twelve feet tall and many of the light fixtures originally used gas and had to be converted to electricity.  Reclaimed wood from an old Georgia barn was used in the den and staircase. Don’t miss the iron vine handrails up the front steps and the entry vestibule with the exchangeable glass/screen door.
Judi and Morgan have collected much of their artwork from local artists and festivals.  Of special note is the beautiful partner desk in the office, passed down from Morgan’s grandfather.

853 Euclid Avenue
Elliot Stivers & Deborah Choi

853 Euclid Ave

Inman Park was created in 1889 and the land was deeded for 20 years requiring that all houses built had to cost over $3,000.00 (almost $700,000.00 in today’s dollars). When the deed expired it opened the way for beautiful small houses like 853 Euclid Avenue.
This house was built in 1930 in the Arts and Crafts style on land originally belonging to Ernest and Emily Woodruff – whose house still stands at 908 Edgewood Avenue just down the block. The open land to the west of the Woodruff house was known as the Mesa and contained the stables and tennis courts until it was sub-divided for smaller houses in 1930.

It appears this house sits on what was originally the service drive up to the back of the Woodruff house where supplies (coal, ice, etc.) could be delivered and horses could be taken to the stables.

Originally the house was approximately 800 square feet but has been expanded over the years. Elliot Stivers purchased the house in 1998. Over the years there have been extensive renovations including enclosing the front porch, creating a finished half-basement, building a garage and driveway, expanding the kitchen, adding a master bathroom downstairs and, most recently, erecting a second floor.

All of these smart renovations have enabled this cozy, handsome house to continue to be wonderfully habitable more than 80 years after it was built while still offering the charm of living in a period home.

126 Waverly Way
Anne & David Bucey

126 Waverly

Aaron Haas built the “Haas Mansion” at 126 Waverly Way in 1907. He was reportedly a blockade-runner selling Confederate cotton during the Civil War. After the war r ended, he started one of the city’s streetcar companies and an insurance and real estate company. He was Mayor Pro-Tem of Atlanta in 1875.

The house represents a mix of Queen Anne, Four Square and Neoclassical Revival architectural styles. The open floor plan with arched natural wood entries to the hallway, dining and living rooms is original to the house, as are the neoclassical moldings accenting the columns which frame the living room entry. Original tile surrounds each of the six working fireplaces, including one in the living room featuring a beautiful hand-laid mosaic. The original hardwood floors are stunning with an inlay of a variety of exotic woods. In 2012, Anne and Dave updated the kitchen adding new cabinets, countertops and sink while preserving the “old world” feel of the room with the original brick hearth and pine cabinet butler pantry. The first floor master bathroom has been beautifully renovated.

The house has a generous front porch with a lovely view of Springvale Park across the street. In the back there is lower gallery and an upstairs sleeping porch enclosed with windows that open to the newly landscaped garden.

Most recently, the house played a starring role in “Anchorman II”, serving as the interior of Ron and Veronica’s New York brownstone in the film released by Paramount Pictures December, 2013.

Inman Park United Methodist Church – 1015 Edgewood Avenue
Reverend Matthew Nelson, Minister

1015 Edgewood Ave

A participant in the inaugural Inman Park Tour of Homes in 1971, Inman Park United Methodist Church has welcomed tour enthusiasts through its doors for 43 consecutive years. This is really no surprise from a congregation 148 years old and 141 members strong. Leading the way today is Reverend Matthew Nelson who, along with his young family, happily calls Inman Park home.

Worship service by the founding group predates the Inman Park neighborhood itself. Members began meeting in private homes as early as 1866. Later they organized services under a small brush arbor before erecting a wood-frame structure in the nearby Edgewood community. At last, the cornerstone for the current structure was laid on September 6, 1897. A building dedication was held on April 17, 1898.

The architect Willis Franklin Denny II (1874-1905) designed the sanctuary in Romanesque style when he was just 23 years old. Granite from Stone Mountain served as a primary building material and cost only $12,620. Today the sanctuary still boasts the original altar furniture, pews, chancel rail, wainscoting, ceiling and beams. Just a few steps beyond the sanctuary sits the pastor’s study with the original church organ and archives – open for all to explore.

Inman Park United Methodist church is an historic congregation with a 21st Century attitude. The church’s mission has always been to live out God’s Love and Grace under this roof and in our world, and it is a treasured part of the Inman Park community.