Friday, January 30, 2009

Briarlake farmhouse vernacular beauty

FLASH March 14 2009. I've just learned that this is the John N. Gresham home place built Built in the 1880s(?) by Forrest P. Hudson another picture.

It's a farmhouse with out-buildings. It's inside I-285! You probably can't even see it in summer. Unless you live in the neighborhood or are an extreme architecture tourist, you'll never see it in any season. It's on a relatively huge property and is certainly doomed to be a tear-down. (update Spring 2015, maybe it's safe)


It's a southern version of a "connected-building vernacular" described in Katie Hutchison's House Enthusiast post. Ms. Hutchison's example is in Maine, where keeping warm is the thing. Down here, cooling off on the porch is the thing.

Well, I'm totally charmed. I regret that I'll never know how this home came to be and how it managed to stay around this long.


  1. I see this place all the time. Doesn't someone live there?

  2. Yes, someone lives here at 3330 Briarlake Rd, but it is Under Contract. The plan is to build 43 houses on the several acres owned by the seller. Per the current owner, this was originally a 2 room house built by his father. Several additions have been made since then. The current owner/seller does not know whether the buyer will save the house or whether it will be torn down. For more information, attend one of the DeKalb County meetings being held next month (see signs in front of the property along the road).


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