Officially, the fate of the Randolph Lucas House was settled over the summer.
The historic Buckhead mansion had a date with a demolition crew, but NewTown Partners’ founders, Christopher Jones and Roger Smith stepped in to save the day. The two agreed to move the home from its Peachtree Road address to the Ansley Park neighborhood by the end of the summer.
The timeline is easy to remember because it’s on the sign in font of the boarded-up home says, “Relocating Summer 2013.” The home, however, is still on Peachtree Road waiting for the movers to arrive. One of the local groups involved in saving the home, the Buckhead Heritage Society, said the home could be rolling down the street soon. There isn’t a firm date yet, though.
Buckhead Heritage Executive Director Erica Danylchak said she expects the home to move within two weeks, possibly in the early morning hours.
“The house mover is coordinating with GDOT and City of Atlanta on that,” Danylchak said in an email.
The 1924 home is currently located at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Lindbergh Drive, just north of Peachtree Battle Shopping Center. Noted Atlanta architect P. Thornton Marye designed the Georgian-Revival style home for Hollins Randolph, a great-great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson, based on Randolph’s ancestral home near Charlottesville, Va. Margaret Lucas owned the house until her death in 1987.
The house was moved once before – although only a few dozen feet – to make way for the 2500 Peachtree Road condominium project in 1998. The condo association agreed to maintain the home and use it for functions, but the maintenance required quickly became cost-prohibitive and the house fell into disrepair.
Last fall, the 2500 Peachtree Road Condo Association was issued a demolition permit by the city of Atlanta. They offered to give the home away for free if someone could move it to a new location by the end of this summer.
– Atlanta INtown editor Collin Kelley contributed to this report.