The Classical Architecture Symposium at the Ansley Golf Club kicks off The Villa 100 Years celebration on Saturday, October 26, with a continental breakfast and two highly esteemed speakers.
Atlanta Architect Norman Askins, whose studies and 50 years of architectural practice have had a special focus on historic preservation, will take us on a journey through the 1920s and 30s with trends in home design, decorating, fashion, and social life.
Askins will also recognize Sally and Carl Gable, and talk about their restoration of Villa Cornaro near Venice. Palladian Days is the book they wrote about their adventures living in one of Palladio’s most influential villas while restoring it to full splendor.
Barbara Hyde, Curator of the May Patterson Goodrum House and Gardens on West Paces Ferry Road, will talk about its recent restoration. Philip Trammell Shutze designed this home in 1929 for the widow of wealthy Atlanta businessman James J. Goodrum. In its early years, it was known as The Peacock House because of the many peacocks roaming its gardens and plaguing motorists on West Paces Ferry Road. The Goodrum property was acquired by the Watson-Brown Foundation in 2009, and restored in compliance with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s archaeology and historic preservation standards. Today, the peacocks are gone, and it is a house museum open for tours by appointment.
For details and to order tickets for the Symposium, Tour of Homes or Patron Party, visit TheVillaAtlanta.com.