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Downtown Alpharetta project will restore, reuse historic Lewis-Manning House

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Late 1800s residence won’t be bulldozed for a 58-home subdivision within walking distance of shops, eateries

The circa-1895, Queen Anne-style property in a recent photo.
The circa-1895, Queen Anne-style property in a recent photo.
Photo: Waymarking.com

Unlike the more grandiose Glenridge Hall before it, a historic residence within walking distance of downtown Alpharetta won’t be waltzing with a wrecking ball in the name of progress.

Developer Taylor Morrison released site plans this week for a 58-home community called Manning on the Square that’s expected to launch soon.

The project will take the extra step of incorporating the Lewis-Manning House, an 1895 Queen Anne-style residence, to be buffered from new homes by a pocket park and trees.

According to Waymarking.com, Atlanta attorney Col. Tomas Lewis built the home from brick made in the adjacent pasture before the prominent Manning family, including Alpharetta Mayor Sim Manning, owned it for decades.

How the subdivision will incorporate the historic residence, as pictured at bottom.
Renderings courtesy of Taylor Morrison Atlanta

The Alpharetta City Council approved plans last year for the 11-acre site on Cumming Street, near North Main Street. Rezoning approved then will allow for the historic residence to be restored and used for offices, according to the AJC.

The forthcoming, two-story houses on site are said to offer brick front elevations “keeping with the historic styles represented in the neighborhood,” plus views of mature pines and hardwoods, per developers.

Manning on the Square’s projected architecture.

Taylor Morrison is developing communities across metro Atlanta—including builds in Chamblee and Decatur—but the unique mix of “prestigious location and the rich history of the land” in Alpharetta could set the project apart, said Shawn Cate, vice president of sales and marketing for the company’s Atlanta division.

Manning on the Square has ambitious expectations of delivering in early 2019. Pre-sales have yet to launch, and prices weren’t specified.