English Style At The Swan House

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The Swan House in Atlanta, Georgia-catchingfiremovienews.com

Built in the late 1920s as the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Inman, the Swan House is one of the most significant works of noted Atlanta architect, Philip Trammell Shutze. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Swan House is now owned by the Atlanta History Center and operated as a house museum.

The Inmans had accumulated wealth from cotton brokerage and investments on transportation, banking and real estate. After their house in Ansley Park burned in 1924, the Inmans commissioned the Atlanta architectural firm of Hentz, Reid and Adler to design a new house in on 28 acres  in Buckhead.  Ruby Ross Wood—the famous society decorator from New York—fashioned the interiors. It’s interesting to note that Mr. Inman paid $106,000 in cash to build the Swan House in 1928 at a time when the average house cost $2,000. He died three years later. The house and grounds were acquired by the Atlanta Historical Society in 1966, and is operated as part of the Atlanta History Center and is maintained as a 1920s and 1930s historic house museum, with many of the Inmans’ original furnishings.

Guided tours explain the spoiled extravagances of a demanding home.   Adorned with hand-cut black-and-white marble, the floor of the grand rear foyer spirals into a central Italian mandala. As the Great Depression raged in the 1930s, servants at the Swan House tiptoed over this floor to step only on the white parts. Why? Because, the story goes, there was no easy way to polish scratches out of dark marble in the early part of the century.

This historical building served as the finish line of the 19th season of The Amazing Race., it is also being used to film a party scene involving the Capitol in the upcoming film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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The console tables in the Swan House dining room are believed to have been carved and gilded by famed designer Thomas Johnson in the mid-1700s. Emily Inman purchased them in Bath, England, in 1924. The tables may have inspired the swan theme seen throughout the house.

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The Swan House in Atlanta, GeorgiaIn 2005, Dan Carithers decked the halls at Swan House. The fresh, understated trimmings were photographed for the following year’s holiday issue of Southern Accents

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The dining room is still covered with original hand-painted tropical foliage and bird wallpaper. Now a subdued beige, it was once bright salmon in color. On one wall, an impressive asymmetrical mirror hangs over a decorative buffet.

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