Today’s stop on our Atlanta historic home tour is Rhodes Hall, an unmistakable building on Peachtree Street among office buildings, gas stations and roadways.
So far, we’ve seen Bulloch Hall, the Martin Luther King Jr. Birth Home, Margaret Mitchell House and Swan House. Rhodes Hall’s Old World Santa events begin next month, but there are others, too, like the 15-minute weddings on Valentine’s Day.
History: “The Castle on Peachtree” was the home of furniture magnate Amos Rhodes and his wife, Amanda. They moved into the home, designed by architect Willis F. Denny II, in 1904. As other old Atlanta homes along the city’s most famous street were torn down, Rhodes Hall was donated to the state with the requirement that it be used to preserve history. It once housed the state archives, and is now the offices of The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and is available for tours, weddings and other events.
Tour: First floor tours examine only the elegant front areas of the house, but the more popular tour allows guests guided by a volunteer to take in every floor of the house. The whole-house tour takes about an hour, although you may be interrupted by couples stopping in to scout a wedding location.
Holiday offerings: “Old World Santa: Twelve Days of Christmas,” includes storytelling, arts, snacks and a portrait with Santa on Dec. 1-13. It costs $35 and includes a Santa photo. Call 404-885-7812 to register.
Information: 1516 Peachtree St. N.W., Atlanta. 404-881-9980, www.georgiatrust.org/historic_sites/rhodeshall.