1901 – Atlanta, GA

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Added to OHD on 3/5/19   -   Last OHD Update: 3/13/19   -   29 Comments
537 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

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  • $1,000,000
  • 5 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 7122 Sq Ft
  • 0.16 Ac.
The Rufus M. Rose House, a late Victorian style home located in Midtown Atlanta. This property is an extremely rare example of a nineteenth-century town house built for one of Atlanta's wealthy citizens. This is a truly unique and rare opportunity to become the steward to this home, and own a living piece of Atlanta history. Here is your chance to save this last piece of a bygone era for generations to come.This home is on the National Register of Historic Places and qualifies for federal state tax credits.
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Stacia Smith, Keller Williams Realty ATL Midtown
(404) 604-3100
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29 Comments on 1901 – Atlanta, GA

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 10360 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    I’ve been watching this one for years, link. Here’s hoping something good will happen.

    Some of the homes that are no longer: https://wdanielanderson.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/old-mansions-of-peachtree/

    • AvatarCZenos says: 61 comments

      Ah, The Raoul House brings back memories. We were probably that last people to salvage it before if was torched for development. I still vivedly remember driving home from work in Marietta and seeing the large cloud of wood fueled smoke, knowing that it was the only wooden structure in the area. We have a copy of a book that the family published on its 50th anniversary detailing the construction of the home. Amazing history. Unfortunately for Atlanta, no one cared about history (excepting Gone With the Wind) and demolished everything in sight in favor of unrestrained “development”. And now Atlanta is just another overgrown metropolis.

      Here’s a link to the house’s history:


    • TXJewelTXJewel says: 293 comments
      OHD Supporter

      1920 Thurber Brick 4 Square
      Strawn, TX

      How unutterably sad that all these spectacular homes are no more. 😢
      What a coincidence that I am currently rereading Gone With the Wind.

    • AvatarJustin says: 18 comments

      That link makes me want to cry. Those are some of the most beautiful mansions I’ve ever seen. Can you imagine walking down that street in the 1890s? How grand it must have been.

    • Miss-Apple37Miss-Apple37 says: 857 comments
      1875 Limestone house
      Loire Valley, France,

      Thanks for the link Kelly, the amount of info and pics provided is amazing. I am so so so unable to understand this American obsession of razing to the ground to then rebuild in the same spot whereas there’s often available land around to sprawl. And to not acknowledge the beauty and historical significance of such buildings. Everything just seems disposable, from small to big. And we can see it’s not a new trend, that’s how it’s been since the early years of the country it seems… Some of these mansions seem to not have last more than a few decades. And this makes old house lovers a marginal group trying their best to stay afloat when everything around is just flooded by new buildings again and again and trying to spread the word and knowledge that these old buildings are valuable and treasures. [/French rant off] 😀

    • AvatarKim Coe says: 1 comments

      I was visiting Atlanta and came across this house and saw a small sign that is was open! It was a antique curio shop in the fall of 1989. He told me about his family and told me the distillery was once on the property. Downstairs he had two rooms full of WW2 memorabilia including many Nazi items. In the first room at the top of the stairs- a small room- was dedicated to Margaret Mitchell items. Manuscripts. Books and original photos. It was roped off – nothing for sale. I was so happy to see the inside of this home. I also was able to go around the back of the amazing Mason lodge building and convinced a care taker to show me around. This was before it was restored.
      Sad to see that a city ignores its heritage. Much like what is now happening to Portland Oregon and Boise Idaho. I sure wish I had a few million lying around.

  2. AvatarCandi says: 28 comments
    Richwood, OH

    Wow! For all the repair this beauty needs it’s amazing the woodwork is still intact. What a beauty. Truly hope someone buys this and brings it back to it’s glory.

  3. AvatarDrew S. Saint James says: 24 comments

    TONS of Potential to bring back to life.

  4. AvatarRobinjn says: 220 comments
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    1978 Split level
    Columbia, MO

    If you look at street view, it shows the house in summer and with the tree in front leafed out it doesn’t look near so much like a fish completely out of water. I have never seen a staircase so fine. I hope someone buys it and gives it the love it deserves.

    • AvatarBethany otto says: 2663 comments
      OHD Supporter

      Escondido, CA

      I went to the streetview before even scrolling through the photos and though it’s definitely an oddity now in that neighborhood, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. I could live with it.

  5. AvatarKellyK. says: 1 comments

    I drive past this home everyday on the way to work, which is just across the street (Emory Hospital-Midtown). I have always wondered what the magnificent inside must have looked like. How spectacular it would be to save her. ❤️

  6. lueyfufulueyfufu says: 7 comments

    WOW. I’m in love! Now if I just had a million dollars… 🙂

    • AvatarRon G says: 167 comments

      What a beauty. The million dollar price tag looks like it could be considered just a down payment on the future. Assemble the architects and engineers, start putting in place the best craftsman for the job, then spend several months working with the city to iron out any red tape one would have to deal with and have a good idea of how much money will be required to bring your vision into realization. The main consideration here is to keep as much of the original materials in place to build this house as possible. There’s to much of this house still in tact to let it continue to be lost to the elements and a lack of interest.

  7. AvatarStephanie Stanton says: 11 comments

    Notice the “claws” on the claw foot tub!

  8. AvatarDJZ says: 45 comments

    OK, that staircase is gorgeous! It will take massive amounts to repair this house back to its granduer, but that staircase is totally worth every penny of it!

  9. GypsyGypsy says: 137 comments

    The city should fund part of the restoration that the grants don’t. That’s a shame that it’s the only one still around…you’d think they would be interested in saving it. The lot doesn’t look big enough for a business….just a parking lot.

  10. Avatarerin says: 1 comments

    This reminds me of the movie “Up”

  11. AvatarDennis Fotia says: 10 comments

    I can only imagine what it must have been like to walk down that street in the 1890’s.
    Wow…Here’s hoping the house is restored.

  12. AvatarPatrick Walker says: 16 comments

    For many years this was a weird sort of junk / antique shop , I went there many times in the 1970s and 80s , but there was never anyone in the building so never made a purchase. The building was always crumbling forlorn

  13. AvatarGina Hill says: 78 comments

    I live in Atlanta and it’s been sad to watch this house deteriorate. Unfortunately, it’s in an area of heavy development and seedy activity. It just doesn’t have a good surrounding vibe. I hope it is saved!

  14. AvatarRebecca says: 39 comments

    My hometown. Somebody, please buy this wonderful place and give it the love and care that it so richly deserves. This is a showplace of history. It has so many great details. Unfortunately, Atlanta has a long documented history of destroying its own history. Many fantastic old homes continue to fall to bulldozers only to be replaced by cheap, and unimaginative box construction or concrete and glass. This is one of the reasons I follow OHD so closely. I’m an archivist and my husband is an engineer. We both want to relocate to a city that is a bit more preservation-conscientious. I wish we could pick up our 1925 brick bungalow and move it somewhere else as the older bungalow homes around us are being torn down and replaced with awful boxes. This particular house is truly deserving of care and attention and should shine like a beacon to those who can appreciate the details that remain in this beauty. Even in the middle of large buildings, there is quite the potential here to make a mark here! Somebody, please rescue this lovely example of what is left of wonderful architecture! This city could look with pride to the work done and it would be such an example. This home is in need of the right sponsor!

  15. JimHJimH says: 4208 comments
    OHD Supporter

    I doubt anyone will invest a couple of million dollars here out of pity, and historic preservation just isn’t a sexy issue for cities or institutions. What this house really needs is a visionary individual with money (or access to funds) that sees the opportunity to do something really unique. Besides gaining a lot of positive publicity, someone could have a fantastic place to live or work in the heart of one of the most dynamic cities in the world. (Forget the neighborhood – rich people don’t walk the streets to get to restaurants etc. anyway.)

    Instead of a shiny new condo in the sky, how about an amazing mansion with incredible craftsmanship, tons of space, and a private yard? That would be my dream!


  16. AvatarCeylaClaire says: 182 comments

    Unless someone is a nearly fanatical history buff and truly loves old domains, I think at 1M it’s going to be a hard sell, unfortunately. I was imagining owning it and working out in the back yard garden whilst people in the building across the street would look longingly at the home and the unique situation. 🙁

  17. Avatarpeeweebc says: 858 comments
    OHD Supporter

    1885 Italianate.

    Thanks for posting the link to Mansions no longer here on Peachtree, I just spent the last hour reading the entire thing,enlarging pic after pic. Sad, but they call it progress. Really hoping someone can save the house in post.

  18. AvatarChrisICU says: 557 comments

    Back 35+ years ago this was called the Atlanta Museum. It housed a bunch of oddities like a Japanese Zero fighter plane, Hitler’s dressing table set, and many other things. Upstairs it was an antiques store. I’d go in just to walk through the house although it was in a similar state even then. http://www.atlantapreservationcenter.com/rose_on_peachtree

  19. Avatarpamibach says: 120 comments

    Somebody please step in and save this jewel

  20. Avatarpamibach says: 120 comments

    That must have been one spectacular home, and it could be again with the right touch

  21. AvatarMJG says: 528 comments

    Wow how tragic. How sad that this how ever go to this point. What a work of art are these interiors.

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