A unique home located off of Forsyth Road near Wesleyan College has caught the eye of many people traveling down Tucker Road, and now, it is up for sale for more than $1 million.
The house at 150 Tucker Road is locally known as “Villa Albicini” and was designed and built by Philip Trammell Shutze, a famous architect known for his devotion to the classical style, according to The May Patterson Goodrum House website. The home is a classic example of the revived Italian Baroque style.
The 3,420-square-foot house, completed in 1927, has three bedrooms and four bathrooms and is listed at $1,350,000, according to the Zillow listing.
The home includes impressive features, such as a morning room with a Sienna marble fireplace mantle and hand-painted chinoiserie wallpaper. The formal dining room also has a white marble fireplace mantle, which was hand carved by Benjamin Henry Latrobe in Rome, as well as a Venetian glass chandelier, according to the listing.
The designs for the building were created in 1922 for a local nurseryman Daniel C. Horgan, which is why the villa was originally called the Horgan House, according to the National Register of Historic Places nomination form approved in 1974. Horgan, a nationally recognized florist at the time, acquired the property for his greenhouse, main house and gardens.
The home was originally a two-bedroom house, but a third bedroom was added over the sun parlor in the rear of the building.
“In the Italian Baroque Revival style, the villa is a synthesis in facade and plan of an Italian church, a Rennaissance villa and elements of American architectural design,” read the nomination form. “It is an excellent example of the American period house, designed by architects working according to the principles of creative (eclecticism) taught in late 19th and early 20th century architectural schools and ateliers.”
Shutze, a native Georgian, traveled and studied in Europe and developed design source books from architectural photographs he took while abroad. When he returned to Georgia, he began working for the architectural firm Hentz, Reid and Adler, later Hentz, Adler and Shutze.
One of the photographs in Shutze’s design book was used as the inspiration for Villa Albicini. The photograph was of a chapel at Villa Cuzzano located in Verona, Italy, according to the nomination.
The living room sits to the right of the marble floor entrance hall and the dining room to the left. The home receives excellent lighting from a domed, skylighted circular hall that is located in the center of the house, according to the nomination form. The two bedrooms on the ground floor are down a hallway to the right of the circular hall, and to the left, a hallway leads to the kitchen and breakfast room. A sun parlor is located in the back of the house leading to the backyard.
“I must admit that I may have been overly ambitious in saying to John McKay that I did not know of ‘another house quite like it in America,’ but I would be quite positive in saying that I don’t know of one quite like it in Georgia. I feel that it is a very fine small example of the best that the Beaux-Arts trained eclectics could turn out,” wrote William R. Mitchell, Jr., director of the Georgia Historic Sites Survey, in a letter to the Georgia Historical Commission after the initial nomination to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 was denied.
Real Estate Agent: Kelly Wood, Coldwell Banker Access Realty
Listing Link: https://bit.ly/3thpZKt