Buckhead in BloomBy April McFadden
The perennials are in bloom, spring rain makes grass and trees green, the smell of dogwoods pierces the air and some of Atlanta’s finest homes will be opening their doors for spring tours. Whether you are looking to renovate, to move or studying architecture and interior design home tours are a great way to see a well designed home or garden. We have compiled a list of tours that are worth your time.
Buckhead in Bloom
The Atlanta Preservation Center’s Buckhead in Bloom celebrates the 100th anniversary of Peachtree Heights Park West, the only known neighborhood planned by the outstanding early 20th century architectural firm, Carrère and Hastings. The celebration includes two events; an opening lecture on Friday, April 15, at 8 p.m. and a home and garden tour on Sunday, April 17, from noon to 5 p.m. This event is sponsored by Harry Norman, Realtors and proceeds support the work of the APC. Enjoy a lecture by distinguished author and preservationist, William “Bill” Mitchell on Friday, April 15, 8 p.m. in the Gould Room at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Mr. Mitchell is a cultural historian and a founder of the Southern Architecture Foundation. Tickets are $10 and are available via phone (404) 688-3353 ext. 11 and at the door. The Sunday tour will begin at the building that was the original real estate office for the neighborhood. This site is known variously as E. Rivers’ kindergarten, the Scout Headquarters or The Lodge. Tickets for the home and garden tour are $40 and $30 for Atlanta Preservation Center members. Buy tickets at Boxwoods Garden and Gifts, Cathedral Bookstore, Habersham Gardens and the Swan Coach House or online at preserveatlanta.com.
Inman Park Tour of Homes
As part of the annual Inman Park Spring Festival, this tour features home ranging from Victorian-era Painted Ladies to loft conversions. The 40th anniversary tour includes four homes that were in the very first tour in 1971, including the home now known as The Wrecking Bar on Moreland Avenue. The tour will be held Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, with a tour preview on Friday, April 29. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the weekend of the tour and can be purchased online at inmanparkfestival.org.

ASA Decorator’s Showhouse
Opening its doors to the public on Saturday, April 16, the Atlanta Symphony Associates presents the “Lotus House,” a Bill Baker design. The home has an interior garden courtyard with a lotus pond, rooftop terrace, two kitchens, a wine cellar, a home theater, spa and golf simulation room. The home was influenced by the owners’ Indian heritage and English and American architectural styles. The Collectors’ Market offers a broad selection of home décor and accessories, along with book signings and a trunk show. The “Lotus House” at 1945 West Wesley Road will be open to the public until May 8. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For information about parking or where to purchase tickets call (404) 733-4935 or visit decoratorshowhouse.org.

Druid Hills Home Tour & Artist Market
The Druid Hills Home and Garden Tour returns this spring with six homes – from mansions to bungalows – that have historical aspects as well as modern innovations. The will be open to the public on Friday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday May 1, 1 to 5 p.m. The tour homes include “The Quaker House” built in 1928 on Fairview Road; one of the few historic estates in the metro area, the lush Cartor Woolford Gardens; and a Colonial Revival home on East Clifton Road. The seventh annual Druid Hills Artist Market will have work from 45 artists from around the region, as well as entertainment. Lunch and trolley transportation will be available. Tickets for the tour are $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the tour or $10 for a single house visit. Visit druidhillstour.org or call (404) 525-8687 for more information.
Midtown Tour of Homes
The Midtown Neighbors’ Association has announced the combination of two its two signature events to create a unique 10-day experience called, Celebrate!Midtown Atlanta, which kicks off on Friday, April 8, with the 5th Annual Midtown Atlanta Shop & Dine and concludes the weekend of April 16 and 17 with the Midtown Tour of Homes, an event now in its 4th decade. This year’s Midtown Tour of Homes will anchor the weeklong event. The 2011 Tour features both single-family homes and condominiums. The theme highlights Midtown, Old to New – historic homes, new condominiums and conversion condos. Midtown Atlanta Shop & Dine showcases not only the many casual and fine dining options in Midtown, but also shopping, health and beauty and arts and entertainment venues. All participants offer specials incorporating a “25” theme – $25 menus, $25 discount or 25 percent off. To round out Celebrate!Midtown Atlanta, there will also be an art contest called “I ART Midtown” celebrating the work of Midtown area students and a scavenger hunt called “Explore Midtown” focuses a spotlight on the homes, businesses and lifestyle of the neighborhood. For more on all the events, visit celebratemidtownatlanta.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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