Italian Renaissance Villa
|8,973 square feet of basic living space on the two main floors, including 7
bedrooms, 5 full bathrooms and 2 half baths, with 3 additional bedrooms and a full bath
possible on the third floor. Gunite swimming pool. 1,100-square-foot guest cottage with 3
bedrooms and 2 baths. 199.85 feet of frontage on Peachtree Circle with a vista onto
Peachtree Road at Fifteenth Street. Total lot: 33,528.13 square feet.
Begun in 1910, the elegant Frank S. Ellis home at One Peachtree Circle was modeled after an Italian villa, with a magnificent double staircase sweeping up from a large marble-floored entry hall. The huge stone lions that guard the entrance and marble keystone mantels were imported from Italy.
Ansley Park, now the most desirable neighborhood in Midtown, was a suburb of Atlanta at the time of the home's construction, and the Ellises were among the first to build there. The two-story stucco house was designed by Walter Thomas Downing. A building permit was issued Oct. 1, 1910, and the estimated cost was $20,000. The Ellises also were among the first in the city to own a "motorcar," and the building permit included construction of a garage.
The Ellises lived in the villa for two decades. Jane Ellis continued to live there after her husband's death in 1928, remaining until 1931. The house apparently remained vacant for about a year after she moved.
Since then, One Peachtree Circle has had a varied history. In 1933, Ruth Pattilo rented the villa. From 1933 until 1946, she operated the home as a fashionable boarding house, the site of many elegant parties.
In 1946, Mr. and Mrs. Cupin McGahee bought the house. Fascinated with the pastel colors of southern Italy, the McGahees had the formerly white villa painted sunset rose.
In 1961, Mrs. Ralph Oliver bought One Peachtree Circle and the mansion was used for a time as an out-patient health care facility. In July 1981, it was bought by Bill Brewer and Associates. In 1983, the current owners, Lamar Savage and Dan York, bought and renovated the home.
The wide curves of Peachtree Circle and
Fifteenth Street provide a graceful setting. The Fountain Court at Fifteenth Street and
Peachtree forms a lovely vista from the front of the house. One Peachtree Circle is
within easy walking distance of the Woodruff Arts Center, the Arts Center MARTA rail
station and elegant Peachtree restaurants and office towers. The property is perfect as a
luxurious home or a magnificent international embassy.