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19th Century Living: Five Historic Homes For Sale Right Now

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Looking for a charming 19th century home with a few convenient 21st century features? Here are five homes built in a different age — back when segregation was still widely accepted, when Coca-Cola was unheard of and when Atlanta was just surpassing Savannah as the state's largest city. If these buildings could talk, they'd have hundreds of stories to tell and all the wisdom of Yoda (but, hopefully, none of the weird grammar affectations).


473 Cherokee Street
Built in 1845, this home, called Ivy Grove, is described as "one of the most historically significant homes in the state." The 9,692-square-foot Southern plantation, which survived General Sherman's fiery attack in 1864 as well as two subsequent fires, was built in Greek Revival style by 11-term Marietta mayor Edward Denmead, then remodeled as a Victorian by new owners in 1894. The orientation was changed so that the house faced south after a 1914 fire, and the estate was further restored by developer Harrison Merrill in the 1980s. The six-bedroom, eight-bath with arched entryways, tennis courts and marble mantles is asking $1.9 million and sits on 5.8 acres near Marietta Square.


2033 Butler Way
This two-bedroom, two-bathroom bungalow built in 1870 is part of historic Whittier Mill Village, one of Atlanta's oldest neighborhoods, created to house Whittier Textile Mill workers when the Massachusetts-based company expanded to the South. Back then, workers who slogged for long hours for low wages could rent homes like this one for about $1 per week. Today, the officially designated historic neighborhood features homes with particular architectural similarities that reflect the area's mill days. This house was built with columns from the original mill and asks $255,000.


139 Berean Avenue
This adorable $215,000 cottage is one of Cabbagetown's original dwellings from the late 1890s. Like Whittier Mill Village, the neighborhood grew up around a mill, and homes such as this one may have housed workers from the Fulton Bag and Cotton Mill, one of the South's first textile mills. This 834-square-foot house's original wood ceilings and walls tell its story, while elements like stainless steel appliances add a modern touch.


500 Means Street
This 3,058-square-foot loft is part of the Allied Factory Lofts, which were originally built as a barrel-making facility in the late 1800s by the Standard Oil Company. With post-and-beam construction, exposed brick walls and original tongue-and-groove flooring, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom space is, to be honest, mind-blowingly awesome. Part of it has been converted into a photographer's studio, so a buyer could either take up photography or possibly hire some street artists to jazz up the vast white space. An outdoor deck with a view of Atlanta's skyline completes the package for $579,900.


3593 Hemphill Street
The majestic Palmour House was built in 1892 for Dr. William Crenshaw, founder of the Atlanta Dental College (which became Emory Dental School), who named it after his daughter Mary Palmour. The gorgeous Queen Anne-style Victorian, one of the first homes in College Park to have indoor plumbing, was made with bricks molded from clay excavated from the basement and is on the National Register of Historic Places. There are not as many interior photos as you might like, but those available indicate that the current owners, who have done extensive renovations, have maintained much of the home's original charm. It is currently being used as a law office. For $799,000, the 6,804-square-foot treasure features pressed-tin ceilings, 12 fireplaces and stained windows.