The 2014 Candler Park Tour of Homes is scheduled for Sunday September 28th, from 12pm until 6pm. This year’s lineup of homes is in development and will be published in the coming weeks.
Background on the Neighborhood
Before the Civil War, Candler Park was mostly farmland and woodland. It was a Union camp during the war and some of the Battle of Atlanta’s fiercest fighting occurred near the present-day Candler Park MARTA station and park. After the war, the area’s 1300 residents incorporated it as the City of Edgewood, with its own government and school system. In 1908, residents voted to join Atlanta. Major development swept the area as estates were subdivided. Coca-Cola President and Edgewood Park Land Company President, Asa Candler, created the neighborhood plan. In 1922, he donated 60 acres of land, now known as Candler Park, to the City of Atlanta for use as a public park and golf course.
By the mid-1960’s, many of the neighborhood’s charming bungalows had fallen into disrepair. GADOT began assembling land and demolishing homes a proposed elevated highway intended to bisect Candler Park. Various versions of the highway plan were fought for more than 20 years. The final defeat in the mid-1980’s was led by CAUTION, Inc. (Citizens Against Unnecessary Thoroughfares in Older Neighborhoods). Nearly 200 acres of right-of-way land now forms Freedom Park which, together with Candler Park, forms one of the finest metropolitan park areas in the nation! Candler Park’s rich cultural diversity, small-town friendliness and vintage architectural charm make it one of Atlanta’s best “intown” places to live.
The Candler Park Tour of Homes will take place on Sunday, September 28, 2013 from noon to 6 pm (one day only). This year’s tour promises to have something for everyone. The tour will feature beautiful homes and/or historic CP structures. For more information, please contact Jeff Morabito at 404-606-3595 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Last year’s Tour of Homes lineup:380 Candler Park Drive Kate & Will Krause Style: Bungalow Year Built: 1910 Don’t Miss: Wrap-around porch, original wood details, 4 original fireplaces From the moment I saw a picture of the wrap-around porch, I loved the house. I said to my boyfriend (now husband) “this is the house we’re buying.” He looked at me, confused, and said, “We’re buying a house?” I said “Not just a house, This house” and I showed him the picture of the front porch. He then asked if I thought we should at least go take a tour and I replied that we could if he wanted to, but I was already sold. We had the keys in our hands 5 weeks later. The first thing one notices upon entering is the grand entrance, the original woodwork, and the expansive feel of the house. We love to entertain and the rooms have a great flow for both large and small gatherings. The previous owners had updated the electrical system with period appropriate fixtures, so the only major change we made was to tear down an old deck and replace it with a wonderful screened in porch and deck area along the entire back of the house. But the front porch is the real gem of the house, and a perfect place to sit on the swing and catch up with neighbors or watch people fly kites, hula hoop, play Frisbee, or relax at Candler Park. 461 Oakdale Road NE Tom & Natalie Street Year Built: 1894-95 Style: Queen Anne Victorian Don’t Miss: Renovated Kitchen and family room, original hardware and details, second story addition, wine cellar (in progress!)
Our home was built by Isham Noble Brown, who lived in the house with his wife, Mamie Rebecca Hanson Brown, and their four children until 1907. Ninety six years later, Mildred Dunn, their granddaughter, stopped by our house to share the house’s history and explore the home she had heard so much about from her mother. With additional research, we’ve learned that in its 118 year history, our house has been home to only six families, except for a brief period in the 1960s and 70s when it was a rental property. In 1993, we purchased the house and have loved it ever since.
461 Oakdale was one of the original houses in Candler Park and supposedly one of the first to have indoor plumbing. The original tub still resides in the master bathroom. One of the first owners added electricity which ran in tubes and had small knobs for switches. The light fixture in the foyer is a remnant of this early improvement.
In 2011, after years of considering our own improvements to the one-story, two bedroom, two bath home, we dove into a major renovation with Watershed Development. With an eye toward maintaining original details, we incorporated many modern features and natural flow into the design. In the front, we replaced original elements that had been lost such as a peak over the porch roof and rebuilding one of the chimneys. In addition, we incorporated some new details such as stained glass. The back of the house, which was not original, was replaced with a new kitchen, vaulted family room, and mudroom. The one-story became a two story without visual structural changes to the front; upstairs we added two new bedrooms, a bathroom, an office, a billiard area, and a walk-in attic with plenty of storage space. Finishing out the small wine cellar will be the last step in our renovation.
613 Terrace Avenue Elliott Albers & Amy Erwin Year Built: 2004 Style: Craftsman / Mix Don’t Miss: Backyard oasis, foyer art alcoves, renovated half bath
The home was built in the swath of Candler Park that was cleared for the freeway and was later sold by the City to construct single-family homes. All of the homes in this section of the neighborhood are zoned to follow specific design regulations “intended to preserve and enhance the architectural and historic significance of the district.”
The current owners have lived in adjacent neighborhoods almost 30 years and purchased this home in December 2009 from the original owners. They fell in love with the home’s scale, unique features, porches, and proximity to the Park and the Path. Since then, Elliott and Amy have made a number of changes. Amy’s prior home was modern and Elliott’s was a craftsman bungalow. Using the expert advice of Suzanne Williams (suzannewilliamsdesigns.com), they have incorporated both styles in the changes they have made while trying to retain the unique character of the original house.
The floors are hand-pegged wide plank oak, and the woodwork is hand-carved cherry. There are four porches, a swimming pool, and a separate garage with a full apartment upstairs used for guests and as a small studio. Upstairs in the main house is a master suite, laundry room, bedrooms for their two sons, and a guest bedroom. The lower level has a family room, kitchen, theater, exercise/game room, and wine cellar.
New lighting has been installed throughout the home including an amber onyx stair chandelier and sconces. The foyer paneled bookcases and surrounding woodwork were replaced with simpler trim and grasscloth-lined art alcoves to house two sculptures. Thanks go to Page Avenue neighbor Dave Lasker for his artistic talents with wood to help renew these spaces. In the kitchen, the red brick backsplash and walls were replaced with cream limestone. The half bath on the main floor was recently renovated with wallcovering and a handcrafted sink base and lights (by Craig Appel). Elliott installed all of the hundreds of plugs of mondo grass near the pool. The rest of the landscaping has been a work in progress, with recent updates by Tilting Windmill.
279 Elmira Place
496 Page Avenue
624 Page Avenue