Friday, September 7, 2012

This Teardown Should Break Some Hearts Pt. 1

It was designed by David Smith Cuttino, Jr. (1905 -1973). Completed in 1940-41 this was one of the very first ranch houses - as we've come to know them - in Georgia.

See "Teardown Heartbreaker Pt. 2 - Floorplan and Before Pictures."

While the proposed demolition of the 82 year old Randolph-Lucas house on Peachtree makes news, it's too late for this 72 year old ranch.

1790 Lenox Road was a neighborhood landmark, low slung with an orange tint. It seemed a bit too small for its acre-plus hilltop. But I don't think every hill needs a mansion.

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The Cuttino house sat proudly on the biggest yard in Lenox Park. If you could drive by and not dread mowing it, you are a better person than I am.

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Those shingles had texture galore.

"He maintained the informal rustic quality of the California Ranch in his design..." - The Ranch House in Georgia.

Though it hadn't looked its very best in a while, the yard was always mowed. I thought it would always be there.

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It was a terminated vista for West Sussex. It had "The Wall," nothing else like it in Atlanta.

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By the time I noticed, it was too late to get decent pictures.

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By some great fortune, Patrick Kennedy spotted my teardown pictures in Flickr.

"Members of our firm [New South Associates] (we are a preservation and archeology consulting company) and the State Historic Preservation Office (HPD) did an informal survey of the house a few months ago when it was on the market. We took photographs and did a drawing of the floor plan ... . I had a feeling at the time that it wouldn't make it. Its a shame..." - Patrick

Thanks to Patrick, New South Associates, Dr. Richard Cloues, and the State of Georgia I have the floor plan and some pictures to show you, but it's going to be sad.


  1. What a colossal waste, even being torn down, the brick and shingles could be put to good use and some of the interior I am sure. and so many homeless and folks loosing their homes. Did the wall go too?

  2. The wall stays and will be restored. It's in very fine condition and it doing it's retaining wall job.

  3. I love the millstone in that wall, plus all the texture. Linda is right about reusing much of this or something but we don't respect our history in Atlanta.

  4. That's a real shame... It is breaking my heart to think of that roof in a dumpster.

  5. This is already a preservation loss but I think it'll really be regretted years from now when people realize the value of WWII era+ buildings. Happy to see the wall will hold back dirt for decades to come, though. Such an impressive piece of stonework!

  6. Add me to the outcry at the waste. This was no junky late 70s cedar ranch thrown up in a hurry during a housing boom (as describes my house by the way), but one of substance. I have always wondered why there was no more salvage interest in these houses than we have seen.


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