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Atlanta’s historic home tours: Swan House

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Swan House at the Atlanta History Center has several holiday events. AJC file photo

We continue our tour of Atlanta area historic homes today with Swan House, another home that, like the Margaret Mitchell House, is managed by the Atlanta History Center. My colleague, Howard Pousner, explained that even before going on the tour, this home always caught his eye. It’s easy to see why.

You can see the other homes we’ve visited so far in the History category.

Swan House

History: One of Atlanta’s favorite residences, it was designed by celebrated Atlanta architect Philip Trammel Shutze, who adapted Italian and English classical styles in this 1928 mansion for Emily and Edward Inman, heir to a cotton brokerage fortune.

Highlights:

  • The two-story home’s tone of classical symmetry and elegance is well established by the curved, free-standing staircase that dominates the central hallway.
  • The Inmans loved birds. Heir to a cotton brokerage fortune, Edward Inman collected representations of eagles; his wife preferred swans. The pair of 18th century swan tables against the dining room wall, purchased in England in 1924, are believed to have inspired the swan motif throughout the home (including in a famed Athos Menaboni mural on the ceiling of her upstairs bathroom) that our guide correctly referred to as “very livable” even with its fine flourishes
  • The five sets of Tiffany stemware set on the dining room table caught the eye of one tour guest, who projected that washing all those glasses must have been a task. “If you own this house, darling, you don’t worry about cleaning dishes,” noted our guide, correct again.

Tour: Guided walk-through is done in 45 efficient minutes, which gives you time to explore the well-tended grounds that link to the woodsy History Center campus, as well as visit the Swan Coach House, whose gallery is hosting 300-plus small works in the holiday exhibit, “Little Things Mean a Lot.”

Holiday offerings: Decked in garland and wrapped in red ribbon, Swan House will have a holiday glow during the Atlanta History Center’s Candlelight Nights on Dec. 8 (featuring harpist Catherine Rogers) and Dec. 15 (vocalist Tara Nixon).

The Atlanta History Center has just launched a dual ticket deal, giving people interested in visiting the History Center and the Margaret Mitchell House entry to both for 25 percent off. Prices for the dual ticket, valid for nine days from date of purchase: $20; $16 seniors; $11 ages 4-12; free under 4. Dual tickets can be purchased at either site.

Information: 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. 404-814-4000, www.atlantahistorycenter.com.

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