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The Sordid Origins of A Rare Art Deco Specimen in Buckhead

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Isn’t it the slightest bit ironic that the leader of an organization dedicated to retrograde social views commissioned one of the most architecturally forward homes in pre-WWII Atlanta? Such was the case with 306 Peachtree Battle Avenue in Buckhead’s Haynes Manor neighborhood, which is on the market and set to be renovated by John Willis Custom Homes. Naturally the listing makes no mention of the fact that it was built in 1935 by none other than an Imperial Wizard of the KKK, Hiram Evans, who held that position from 1922-1939; historical tidbits such as those don’t tend to sell homes. Disregarding its unfortunate provenance, the house is pretty intriguing from a design standpoint. Its Art Deco styling is extremely rare for Atlanta homes, and a lack of renovations means that historic detailing abounds. That also means it needs some work. Some sleuthing revealed interior shots hidden on the agent’s Flickr page, which could be categorized as the good (terrazzo floors, pseduo-Egyptian detailing, and original moldings), the bad (rotting hardwoods, general dinginess) and the ugly (that kitchen will haunt your dreams). All in all, it should make for one hell of a before and after.

· 306 Peachtree Battle Avenue [Heery Brothers]
· Heery Brothers' Photostream [Flickr]
· Peachtree Battle tunnel remains mystery [Neighbor Newspapers]
·Evans-Cucich House, Peachtree Battle Avenue [Peak of Chic®]