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100 Seventeenth Street

Diane & Kent Alexander  

Built in 1921, 100 Seventeenth Street in an eloquent display of the talents of its renowned architect, A. Ten Eyck Brown. Brown was a prominent regional architect during the first several decades of the 20th Century --- perhaps his most notable Atlanta work is the imposing Fulton County Courthouse, completed in 1914 in the Beaux-Arts style.

Here, Brown demonstrates his versatile skills by deftly combining elements of the English Vernacular Revival (a/k/a “Tudor”) and French Country styles, two residential design vernaculars that were both very popular in Georgia in the first decades of the last century. The steeply pitched slate roof accentuates the home’s hilltop setting. The dominant front-facing gable is accentuated by the massive timber-framed oriel bay window supported by heavy bracketing, which provides counterpoint to the smooth stucco finish of the home’s exterior. ‘Eyebrow’ detailing above the upper gable window lightens the gable’s massing. Note the asymmetrical façade and the combined use of stone, stucco and accentuated wood details, all characteristics typical of the styles Brown has chosen to reference in his work. The interior, meanwhile, features original ornate fireplace mantel friezes, walnut beams and key-pattern white oak flooring.

Diane and Kent Alexander purchased the home in 2001 and have devoted considerable attention to improvements and renovations. The foyer was recreated by removing a 1950s elevator shaft (a vestige of the home’s prior conversion to an apartment house), vaulted plaster ceilings were restored, and new bookcases were fashioned from salvaged original bookcase elements. Landscapes and hardscapes were redesigned and, more recently, two bedrooms were combined to create a roomy master suite. The kitchen and all bathrooms have been updated and upstairs windows have been replaced to conform to the home’s original design aesthetic. The Alexanders’ latest improvement has been the lovely awning spanning the French windows of the front façade.

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