|From Swan Coach House|
Attached to Atlanta History Center as kind of a centerpiece (the other two are the History Museum and the Tullie Smith Farm) to the whole experience is the Swan House. Built by Master Architect Phillip Shutze in 1826, it stands as one of the more majestic of the many majestic old Buckhead homes. It is included in the price of admission to the Atlanta History Center (discounts on AtlanTix)
The home was owned and donated by the Inman Family, so it is completely open to the public with guided tours and its interior has been decorated, with no expense spared, by fellow Atlantans who actually live there.
The tour includes the famous one piece staircase, the dining hall, several bedrooms, the bathrooms, and kitchen area. There is also a very detailed audio tour available giving real breadth to the realities of what makes the house special and significant.
My godson enjoyed the tour immensely, making it seems to me it was like MTV Cribs, for the generation that made their money not by dribbling a basketball or speaking over a Earth, Wind and Fire sample, but by folks who built our great city.
Additionally there house is available for receptions and weddings, though I shudder to think of the cost. Places like this sometimes confuse my sensibilities. I often rail at the decadence of the rich, but I do appreciate the beauty of decadence done well.