Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Garage to die for at the Pink Castle

I've fallen for the Pink Castle - Tryggversson (1919-23), built for Andrew Calhoun - and I can't get up. There is so much "there" there I'm taking little bites. Yesterday it was a bit about urns and angles. Today the garage.

Listen: I'm a guy; I like garages. Let me show you the best I've ever seen. This is the house.P1040505-2010-10-10-Pink-Castle-Folk-Painting
In the top picture the garage is on the right; in the bottom the garage is to the left connected to the main house by a gallery with 3 big arches. The arches form a breezeway on the north, kitchen and service entrance on the south.

From Pine Stream you can barely see the mansion edge on, just the driveway and the garage. And it's looking good for an 88 year-old.
Blind arches, columns (or pilasters), shutters, crooked lantern, herringbone doors, tile roof, patina galore, greens with pinks - a theme throughout house. I'm starting to get emotional.

I think somebody lives upstairs, lucky them. See how tall the garage doors are, how much taller than the min-van? Yeah baby. See the double shutters in the middle window, the half open door? These aren't automatic doors, fake decorative carriage doors.

The space inside is worthy of a small wedding or wedding reception. I didn't take a picture - too personal.

Here is the breezeway looking from the garage toward the little pink dining room, looking west back towards the main house. The 3 big arches from the painting are on the right.

Here is the breezeway looking from the pink dining room east towards the garage. You can just see the arches on the left. You'll also notice the stairs. The garage is on higher ground than the main floor of the house, making it look very grand as you can see from the painting.


The other side of the breezeway wing houses the kitchen, the service entrance, and service courtyard. In the top painting you can see a great gateway between the main house and the garage. This is where you bring in the groceries. Not bad, huh?

I'm looking out of the kitchen door towards the garage into the service courtyard. The steps lead to the garage. What mansion doesn't have a greenhouse and storage for cut flowers?

Here is my 38 second HD video. The last scene is from the Pink Dining room into the breezeway towards the garage.

I'm in love.


  1. Thank you so much Terry! I love seeing things through your eyes!

  2. I peaked in on Sunday and now it looks like its just used for storage. I too am in love with this house - and so is my 10 year old daughter. What a huge treat to be able to tour it! A big thank you to Beacham and Co for opening up to us!!!

  3. Let's just move into the garage then.

  4. Who knew it was the love of garage's connecting us?

    Wouldn't that be a fun Atlanta tour, Garage Tour !!

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  5. What an enchanting place...no lack of details that's for sure...thanks for sharing, and I agree, a garage tour is in order!

  6. Wow! A human mind is extremely sensitive to its surroundings. And this has a deep impact on human mind. Ashwin Architects believe: good environs make good living. Surroundings, people, traffic and the aesthetics make a difference to the well being of its inhabitants. An architect can't change the external factors like traffic, etc. But a good one can surely design a positive interface between the inhabitants and surroundings. And that can make a huge difference.

  7. Used to ride by this house and love to look at it. I remember when you could see the pillars on W. Paces that marked the original driveway (now Pinestream), you knew it was coming up. I never got close, just used to be able to barely see it from W. Paces Ferry. I think my father told me in the 70s that there had been a big fire there, and noone was living there at the time. That made it sort of ghostly. What a thrill to see the inside with your video. Thankyou! Just saw that the house is listed for $3.5 million, so I guess I will have to get to work. Just can't understand how anyone could not love this beautiful monument. One of Atlanta's greatest treasures...

  8. So nice and beautiful. Thank you for showing us.

  9. Really so nice scene in photo, your house design is very nice thanks for sharing with us.


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