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.
Inman Park Tour of Homes
The 2012 Tour Of Homes celebrates its 41st year as part of the annual Inman Park Festival on April 27-29. The tour will feature 11 homes and points of interest in the community. Homes featured this year include those with Victorian, Gothic, Craftsman-style bungalows, modern lofts and a tour of The Wrecking Bar on Moreland Avenue. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at inmanparkfestival.org or at the sales booth located at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Elizabeth Street during the festival. Tour hours are noon to 4 p.m. on Friday and noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Tucked away deep behind a maple-lined drive in the middle of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood sits Knollwood Estate, a 1929 English Georgian-style home designed by Atlanta’s famed architect Phillip Trammel Shutze. The home will be the site of the 42nd Annual Atlanta Symphony Associates’ Decorators’ Show House & Gardens from April 21 to May 13. Event chair Amy Musarra said this is the second time Knollwood has been the Show House, with its first appearance way back in 1976. “We we can’t wait to see how our amazing team of designers transform the architectural landmark,” she said. Benefiting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s education and community programs, the city’s top designers will transform more than 30 rooms using their own distinct styles. Tickets are $20 if purchased before April 20 or $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at decoratorsshowhouse.org or from the Woodruff Center Box Office at (404) 733-5000.
The Druid Hills event returns this spring with the theme “The Second Century,” highlighting the community’s 100-year-old homes. The homes will be open to the public on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. The tour includes six homes including Boxwood, one of the first grand Druid Hills estates built in 1912, Sojourner’s Rest built in 1908 and the Neel Reid-designed home of the Cox family. The eighth annual Artist Market will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, formerly the Stonehenge Mansion, at 1401 Ponce de Leon Ave. Artists from around the region will present everything from jewelry and pottery to photography and paintings. Many of the city’s food trucks will also be on hand. Lullwater Garden Club will hold a Native Plant Sale at 984 Springdale Road during the tour. Wright Marshall, board member of Southeast chapter of Classical Architecture and Art and owner of Revival Construction, will lecture on Druid Hills architectural history on Saturday, April 21, 1:30 p.m at St. John’s. Tickets for the tour are $20 in advance at druidhills.org, $25 on the day of the tour.