c. 1875 Gothic Revival – Menlo, GA

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51 North Fifth Ave, Menlo, GA 30731

  • $149,900
  • 4 Bed
  • 1.5 Bath
  • 2500 Sq Ft
  • 1.67 Ac.
Historic Lawrence House is located at the foot of Lookout Mountain in the charming town of Menlo. Built by the Founder of Menlo; the 1875 Gothic Revival home sits proudly on a well landscaped corner lot sporting not only the Champion American Holly in the state, but vintage well house, garage shop and garden shed.This well maintained 2500sf 4BR/1.5B gem has an updated kitchen with stainless appliances, marble and classic cabinets. Wood floors, 12'ceilings & original fireplaces w carved stone mantles Looking out from the full front porch you can almost feel time stand still. A new roof & central unit.
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  1. wow, love this one! It has a beautiful cottage feel to it.

  2. Barbara says: 63 comments

    Oh, I love, love, love, this house…why would the owners want to move out?! I love kitchens that have cabinets with galley twist locks and marble counter tops…ah-h-h. Would have enjoyed seeing a photo or two of the bathrooms.

    • Elaine Dodd Cook says: 1 comments

      If i’m Not mistaken, this was my grandparents home in Menlo, Ga. – Simpson Gregory Dodd and Irene Matilda Black Dodd – they had 14 children one of which was my father, Albert Dodd, #13 !! Coming from Summerville, you would turn left at the only traffic light in Menlo which eventually took you into Alabama. My grandparents home was about 2-4 miles out that road on the right side of the highway. It sat way back from the highway. Their house was about 1 mike from Alpine church, near the John Knox home which was later lived in by my grandfather’s brothers home – they had 13 children. Both my grandfather and his brother were cotton farmers. I have so many fond memories of going to my grandmothers home there in Menlo.

  3. Shelby says: 12 comments

    Dream house!! And is that ship lap that I spy in the bedroom?

  4. Ryan says: 472 comments

    Love the cut stone chimneys and mantels (you don’t see that much in the south), and the rest of it aint bad either.

  5. What a charming house…makes me want to move to Georgia 🙂

  6. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Originally posted September 2011, it’s back on the market. I’ve got two build dates for this home, 1875 and 1885. The 1885 stone says to me 1885 despite the build date given everywhere else of 1875 (I really want to put 1885 instead of 1875!) The Georgia Trust page has more info on the history of the home although I think the price shown there is from years ago since the photos are old ones too.

  7. Sara says: 3 comments

    I love this house! I wish I was retiring this year. I would trade in my Southwest ranch for this sweet house. BTW, this is the first time I’ve posted, but I am absolutely addicted to OHD….best site online!

  8. MW says: 902 comments

    That is a lot of charm and decent size for only $150K.

  9. Lucy B says: 1 comments

    It’s a gorgeous house and property! It’s not really at the foot of Lookout Mountain, though- it’s an hour south of Lookout. My sister lives just shy of the Tennessee border by Chattanooga and I was going to send her this link with an all-caps BUY THIS HOUSE! except it would be too rough of a commute for them!

    • Angel says: 28 comments

      I live in Chattanooga too:) and I was like what?? $150,000. for a house on the bottom of Lookout Mtn, But I scrolled thru the comments and saw your post. Thats more realistic. Houses like this close to chatt town are going for much more. Nice to dream though…I loved it as soon as I saw and wanted it too.:)

  10. says: 12 comments

    This is my perfect house!

  11. Tommy Q says: 462 comments

    I really should mover here… Wonder about the twin fireplaces, what is that about?

  12. Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 138 comments
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    I’m with you, Kelly – I’d go with the date of 1885 which is carved into stone over the claimed date of 1875. Also, aside from the flattened lancet arch of one of the fireplace mantels, I see nothing especially evocative of the Gothic Revival movement expressed in this house. Gothic Revival was on its way out in the 1870’s and was considered out-of-date by 1885.

    It’s rather apparent that it went through a major renovation with some early 20th century updates (5 panel doors, 6/1 windows, casings, etc.) so maybe it had some Gothic character at one time. As it stands now, it might be described better as “Georgia vernacular”.

    • Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 359 comments

      Agreed all around, Eric. Aside form that one fireplace, there’s nothing Gothic Revival about the place; a cross gable roof and a bit of “gingerbread” doesn’t necessarily make it gothic. If there was something to the c.1875 date, I’d say it was wholly subsumed in the 1885 house.

      It’s a really handsome house with a lot of presence. The use of stone is a little unusual but attractive, and there are other vernacular elements that work especially well against the fairly generous scale and careful design details on a house that is relatively modest in terms of square feet. In the good Southern vernacular of the period, there are rooms that, seen in isolation, one might think belonged to something grander than a one-and-a-half-story cottage; paired with some tighter, quirkier under-the-eaves spaces on the second story, it’s an appealing combination. I especially like the saw-work balustrades on the front porch and inside at the upper stair hall.

      The Menlo/Edison history is quite interesting.

      Looks like a nice parcel of land as well, with some good mature landscaping and some useful outbuildings. I might like to screen off and better define the entrance driveway and frontage with a fence or hedging; otherwise I don’t see anything else that presses for addition to the to-do list, just a bit of decorating and furnishing to personal taste.

  13. Laurie W. says: 1746 comments

    I love it too. Love so much about it. The chimneys are a surprise & gorgeous. If I put anything at the tops of those tall kitchen cabinets, I’d probably never see it again, but I love the kitchen anyway. Adore its outside front & the fancy-work on the porch. The price makes me want to grab it!

  14. BethanyBethany says: 3497 comments
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    1983 White elephant
    Escondido, CA

    Bathrooms and kitchen are so great! Dream home material here!

  15. says: 28 comments

    Beautiful home. Graceful and elegant, warm and inviting. The fireplaces are lovely.

  16. dkzody says: 254 comments

    That porch makes me swoon.

  17. FiggyFiggy says: 16 comments

    I’m absolutely in love with this house!

  18. JimHJimH says: 5121 comments
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    Really elegant for a modest house and property. The deep setback, great trees, 4 stone chimneys, sunburst detail in the dormer, classic porch. Just beautiful.
    Kelly has had the eye for these special rural South retreats from the beginning on OHD.

    Old photo of the house with original owner Andrew Jackson Lawrence in the yard:

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 916 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      “…trodding the front yard with an ax on his shoulder.” Now that is an awesome pic and caption. Great photo find!

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 138 comments
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      Nice photo! It shows that the paired 6/1 windows on either side of the front door are later alterations… originally there was just a single double-hung window on either side of the front door. It looks like there was once more emphasis on the entry itself (sidelights? double doors?) than there is today, also. And, of course, that side door and porch combo next to the chimney was not there originally, either.

  19. Joanna says: 1 comments

    Now that’s perfection. I adore the potting shed! Great kitchen. Dang location, location, location.

  20. Kristin says: 1 comments

    It’s absolutely lovely. Maybe I can convince my fiancee that this one is our dream home. In my price range too!

  21. SueSue says: 1130 comments
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    1802 Cape

    Menlo is right in the top left part of the state next to the Alabama border. You are an hour and 40 minutes (give or take) from Atlanta. Not bad. Only thirty minutes from Rome, which is really nice. As of 2000 there were 485 people in Menlo. I would imagine in the time from then to now that number has increased.
    This house is a gem and I think perfect location. Small town living but you are near a major airport and also shopping. Now someone buy it!

  22. LoriLynn says: 19 comments

    If only I could throw a couple horses in the backyard! In love with this property and love that it is setback. That corner fireplace is a adorable. Love this page.

  23. Karen Longo says: 73 comments

    What would you do to bring this house back to its original design?

    • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 138 comments
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      First, a lot of research. The exterior, with the exception of the window sash, remains fairly true to its original appearance. It is the interior which has been changed significantly; virtually all of the interior woodwork appears to be of early 20th century origin.

      Surviving original woodwork includes the scroll-cut stair balustrade, the doors and transoms in the upstairs hall, and possibly the wood mantel of the corner fireplace. The stone fireplace mantels are clearly original and quite nice. The bookcases flanking one of them are later additions, and the windows above them were shortened to accommodate them.

      It’s a perfectly beautiful house as it is, but probably not the best choice for a purist. The best approach would probably be to embrace what it is now and love it that way.

      • JimHJimH says: 5121 comments
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        Worth repeating – “Embrace what it is now and love it that way.”

        I was disappointed not to see good photos of the front door, entry hall or stair and wonder if the basic plan has been remuddled. Obviously a wide front-to-back center hall doesn’t exist now and maybe never did.

        It’s funny how houses that look great in photos can sometimes turn out to be messes, and houses that look a mess can emerge as jewels. We shouldn’t judge ’em just from the listings (or the prices).

  24. Bethster says: 891 comments

    I’m with the others who love this house. It’s especially nice to find that the kitchen and bathroom have been updated in a subtle, non-horrific way. And the land around it is beautiful. I’m such a sucker for stone, in chimneys and as…well, stone walls, though that’s not exactly a wall, it’s more like a long step. (Is there a name for that?)

  25. Mary says: 36 comments

    Oh my! Where do I sign?

  26. Nikita Eileen Krupoderov says: 28 comments

    Looking at Google maps…driving thru the town…and looking,….plus the small population…I am wondering if this is possibly a bad area? Why else would this adorable house in nice condition with some space…and looking like quaint town…be selling for $50,000 less than original asking price? Usually …when something looks too good to be true…it is…and there is something wrong in Paradise….but what?

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      It’s an average price for a small town Georgia home. It’s rural, low population, not much around (Berry College is a 30-35 minute drive.) A drive to go anywhere, if you want Home Depot it’s a 40 minute drive and probably expect that if you want larger stores to shop at.

      • Nikita Eileen Krupoderov says: 28 comments

        Just wondering IF perhaps the present owners had a Dream crushed…moving to the rural setting and finding that after a short time…they were either too lonely…or the residents of this small town …do not like Newcomers…city slickers??? I just see the house as very awesome…but something is not quite as the picture shows…Maybe they are having security issues…I mean …I am almost sure they do not have ADT there?

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          I think you have a dim view of country living and are way over thinking why they are selling their home.

          • Architectural ObserverArchitectural Observer says: 138 comments
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            I agree – there are lots of mundane reasons why people sell property… a change in their job, family obligations, economic considerations, a desire to downsize, etc.

            If anything, this house looks more like it has been spruced up and renovated for a profit (better known as ‘flipping’, a term I hate but which makes the point).

            The housing market is sluggish just about everywhere, with very few exceptions. I’m not getting any “crushed dream” vibe here at all. It’s a beautiful house which has obviously been loved and is ready to be loved some more.

            • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments

              1901 Folk Victorian
              Chestatee, GA

              It’s not a flip. The house looks the same as it did years ago when it was first on the market except without all the furniture and stuff. I’m hesitant on saying anything about the owners but could have been a job change, wanting a larger house or any number of normal reasons to move.

  27. EyesOnYou1959EyesOnYou1959 says: 276 comments
    Lincoln, NE

    Very nice, older home! U could definitely see myself living here. It is
    soooo refreshing to see that all the beautiful hardwood flooring is still
    in tact and not covered up with carpeting!

  28. Marion says: 68 comments

    What an absolutely charming place.
    It looks move in ready. I could totally see myself retiring there.

  29. dragonflyspirit14dragonflyspirit14 says: 250 comments
    1913 farmhouse
    Dillon, SC

    I literally swoon when I see the prices and the taxes on these gorgeous southern homes… I don’t think I would want to change anything except for fencing the property for my dogs. Wow… this would be paradise for me… one question from a CT yankee though, is this tornado country?

  30. mschris32 says: 96 comments

    I’ve come back several times today to look at this house, and I can now confirm that I’m in love. I’m one of the people who always gripes about painted woodwork, but I think I could live with this. I think what I love most about it is the beautiful setting. Gorgeous established trees, and I would have a blast adding garden beds. Outbuildings are nice, too. I live about two hours from here, and sure wish I could live HERE instead.

  31. Teri says: 283 comments

    Dreamy!!! Location, grounds, exterior, and interior!!!!! Thank you for finding this gem!

  32. winowiski says: 23 comments

    Gettin’ it! 🙂

    • Bethster says: 891 comments

      For real? If you are, that is wonderful!

      • winowiski says: 23 comments

        Yep, superstitious so didn’t want to say anything until it was officially ‘off the market’ online. Been watching it since before it was posted on OHD. Excited and a little anxious. Big move for me, being 15 hrs away from where I’ve lived my entire life. Beautiful house, lots of character. I think, as had been mentioned, the interior layout might have been altered a bit but not in an obvious way. It LOOKS original althought it might not have been. Good job with that. Huge beautiful yard, 6 stone fireplaces. Nice wood floors and some bead board and wood walls. Like the windows, trim and doors. Good kitchen, baths, and closets that fit right in. Original well outside the back door. No negatives here. As ‘charming’ and people thought it looked… it IS. I snagged a copy of an early pic. It had a white picket fence out front! As someone had said, I will “Embrace what it is now and love it that way.”

        • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments

          1901 Folk Victorian
          Chestatee, GA

          Ohhh, congratulations!!!! 🙂

        • Bethster says: 891 comments

          Yes, congratulations! I’m so happy for you! But…fifteen hours from where you’ve always lived? That’s a long way! I hope it turns out to be a good move for you. 🙂

          • winowiski says: 23 comments

            THANKS! I have a place in southern NC I’m selling and I’ve visited in that general area for 25 yrs. Was looking in the Blue Ridge area from VA to GA. This is a little further south than I’m familiar with, that was my biggest reservation. Seems like a great area. Feel very fortunate at this time in my life to not be restricted as far as location. Gonna take that leap!

            • Bethster says: 891 comments

              Oh, that’s great! I was thinking maybe you just said, “Hey, I like that house! I think I’ll move!” Even if it’s a little further south than the area you know, it sounds like this house was destined to be found by you.

        • Angela Folmar says: 28 comments

          Awesome! You bought a beautiful property, but you already know that:) I live in Chattanooga, I wish I could find something like this around me. Chattanooga is in a buyers market and the old homes are selling for crazy prices and are selling for full price in one day.

  33. winowiski says: 23 comments

    That would be a little crazy, right? Yep, thinking destiny!

  34. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11831 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Here’s an old photo that winowiski took from a photo on the wall.

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