It's never been easier to occupy a bona fide architectural landmark in Atlanta, provided your budget's in the $4 million stratosphere. Renowned classical architect Philip Trammel Shutze may get more kudos for designing the Swan House and
the now razed Rich's Department Store downtown, but in the 1930s he also pulled off this English Regency/American Federal amalgam of styles in Buckhead. At more than 10,000 square feet, the compound has been renovated and expanded by the award-winners at Harrison Design. It's a traditionalist Shangri La with modern flair.
Shutze's inspiration for the "Thornton-Jones House" stemmed from the late 18th and 19th century English and American neoclassical forms, which he updated with his own personal touches, Sotheby's says. Over the course of four decades, he designed many of Buckhead's most noteworthy manses. Here, you'll find two gated entrances, a saltwater pool, massage room, outfitted gym, sauna and elaborate gazebo pool house. The interior is grotesquely elegant, to our objective sensibilities, but in this context the style is probably apt.
· 205 W Paces Ferry Road NW [Estately]
· Thornton-Jones House [Sotheby's]