Sunday, June 19, 2016

In Pink: Ellison House 1927 Designed by Ivey and Crook - a Goner?

"Job #178, built for Hugh H. Ellison in 1927. A wonderful example of Buck's versatility, this Italian Renaissance design sits on the east side of Habersham, just north of Argonne." - Lewis Edmund "Buck" Crook, Jr.1898-1967 Atlanta Architect 

But this is NOT what the kids want these days.

In the last six months I've been to estate sales at one Neel Reid, two Shutze's, and two Ivey and Crook's. So far they've torn down one Shutze and one Crook. The Elison is the least of the five houses.

It's photogenic and pink, but it's not so big: The main house is 3,172 square feet on 0.8035 acre. And it hasn't been updated in a while.

We tend to think that Buckhead houses are mansions but most aren't. This is a 3 bedroom 2.5 bath with some elegant public rooms. The rest is just a family house with tiny closets.

Have a look.

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Neel Reid, Crook, and Shuzte designed adorable side entrances. Look for them.

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The front door is for special occasions. It's a little more beat up than the picture shows but I'll take this as is.

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I don't know what you call these. The Architecture Tourist thinks big bodacious buttresses with volutes in acanthus wrap. Would the composition look right without them? (Thanks John Tackett, The Devoted Classicist and Merrium Webster these are "consoles" ... console: "an architectural member projecting from a wall to form a bracket or from a keystone for ornament."

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Wonder if the metal fan is original equipment. It pulls dark the door, shutters, and lanterns.A composition in pink with white and black accents.

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Inside I'd prefer more light and less metal.

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The entry has the stair, family entrance to the right and a zen view to the living room and sun room.

These are the fancy rooms, the rest have far less decorative detailing.

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This is pretty much how the Georgia classicists did stairs and we should be glad.

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From the outside the windows look in proportion, they look just right. From inside you realize they are big. There are many views of the rafter tails under the eaves.

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Some of the windows don't operate any more, these casement windows are in the sun room, probably haven't opened since air conditioning.

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The living room took my breath away.

"Living room features magnificent heart pine ceiling modeled after a ceiling in Florence, graceful arches and handsome fireplace." Beachcam and Company from the real estate ad.

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The sun room has big time detailing too. I didn't get such a good picture. The room out back is an add on family room.

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Here's the add on "family room" and I didn't want to look at it.

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There is an enfilade across the whole front of the house linking the public spaces. This picture is from the sun room through the living room, foyer/stair hall, family foyer and family entrance. You can see from one end of the house to the other. A zen view. A great feature.

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Pantry / breakfast room is cozy. See the how tall the window is?.

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Upstairs has some nice pink and under-eave views. Looks it's age.

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It feels substantial. Where does the water go?

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People lingered here. The corner stair makes a two-story shaft that brings light deep into the both floors and features a balcony with an inside-out view.

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This is the bedroom hall. I'm looking from the little bedroom on the right side, across the stair balcony into the master suite on the left side of the house. Another little bedroom is off the hall to the right.

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We can see the tile roof from here. Kitchen / service entrance to left. Family room bump-out to the right.

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The lot is 400 feet deep, room for another house if they want to restore the original house. But what if you want a pool?

I think it's a goner. 10,000 square feet seems the minimum up here.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

GO WATCH - Live Giant Mural Painting This Week - Fahamu Pecou, Fabian Williams, Joe Dreher Paint MARTA

I love to see artists at work.  This week we can. They started Saturday June 4 and have the lifts for eight days but will it take that long?

I don't think they are painting Sunday the 5th so maybe Monday.

Joe Dreher @joekingatl and Fahumu Pecou @fahamupecou and Fabian Williams @occassionalsuperstar
and assistants are painting #enroute big and live this week on the King Memorial MARTA Station. Go watch. Map below.

A routine high altitude tape pass became a reenactment.
"WonderRoot partners with MARTA, Fulton County Arts & Culture, and The TransFormation launch En Route, a program designed to install public art in select MARTA transit stations...a community-based public art project...

"Fahamu Pecou will create four murals throughout the rail system; the first installation will be at the King Memorial MARTA Station, followed by Oakland City MARTA Station, Hamilton E. Holmes MARTA Station, and a station to be named on a later date." - Wonderroot

Fabian Williams @occassionalsuperstar and Fahumu Pecou @fahamupecou

Joe Dreher @joekingatl suited up.

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They work high.

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They do lunch.

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They chat with fans, come watch, come often.

Easy parking on William Holmes Borders Senior Drive across from King Station.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Monie Ferst House (1929) by Philip Trammell Shutze at the Estate Sale

I bet this house looked 200 years old on the day they moved in.

I got a tip from Terry Stephens. He was preparing an estate sale and I recognized the picture. I told everybody I knew, sorry if you didn't get the word, very sorry.  Pictures don't cut it. The junky estate sale look didn't spoil it.

This way. There's another little video at the end.

The front.

Garden view.

This is the best you can see it without going on the property. My picture from 2011.

"Monie Alan Ferst graduated from Georgia Tech in 1911 with a degree in M.E. He founded Scripto, Inc., and retired as chairman of the board." - Georgia Tech Digital Archive

"The architect's medieval aesthetic is successfully translated to a French provincial farm environment at the Monie Ferst House (1929)..." -  Robert Criaig, New Georgia Encyclopedia

"Shutze created as successful a rendition of the Normandy farmhouse as any other contemporary architect and yet it may be his only design in the Style." - Elizabeth Meredith Dowling American Classicist the Architecture of Philip Teammell Shutze The floor plans are in the book.

"Truth be told, I was more interested in seeing the home & gardens than actually shopping the contents of the sale." Sarah Ferguson who blogged it DUCHESS FARE with some great pictures.

My camera wasn't up to the task.

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These little rustic obelisks mark the drive but you can't really see the house.

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I'm a gravel driveway man and this has with ultra-rustic "curbs."

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Ladies in heels had to be careful here.

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"Garage" just isn't the right word. Efficiency apartment for staff above with entrance via the stair. Bring your groceries in by the door in the ell.

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How it looks from the somewhat dirty master bedroom window.

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How it looks from the living room window. Probably the best view of a garage in Atlanta.

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This sort of stuff is just out where it belongs. Detailing for miles and miles makes for big harmony.

Oh yeah, the tower is in the other ell, circular stair inside. The wing on the right has the formal living room below and master suite above.

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Shutze's front doors seem small to me and I mean perfectly small. It say's come on in.

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Curved windows cost extra.

Take a look back in the back:

Best to you.

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