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207 Fifteenth Street

Steve & Hala Moddelmog

207 Fifteenth Street was built in 1907 --- at a grand construction cost of $8,400, according to the original building permit.  The house is designed in the Neoclassical Revival style, which enjoyed a nationwide surge in popularity in response to the Beaux-Arts splendor of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 and as a reaction against heavier Victorian styles.  The style’s popularity in the Southeast was further spurred by its association with the “white columns” imagery of the antebellum period, and it remained a common residential design vernacular in Georgia through the 1930s and beyond.  Typical features include rigidly symmetrical fa├žade elements, classical columns supporting a central pediment, classically stylized fanlights, sidelights, transoms and window surrounds, liberal application of classical cornices with dentils or modillions and, as here, a low-pitched and hipped roofline.

Like many homes in the neighborhood, the residence was a rooming house in the 1940s and was subsequently converted back into a single-family home after an initial renovation in the 1970s.

Steve and Hala purchased the house in 2014 and enjoy the beauty of its original architecture and many striking design features, including the double-tiered front porch.    Steve and Hala led a modern renovation of the house in 2014-15, working with architect Caroline Rolader, of Reu Architects, to rebuild the 1970s addition, update the home’s kitchen and keeping room, modernize bedroom layout and baths, add a sunroom and garage, and lay out a lovely new courtyard garden.  The Moddelmogs’ eclectic mix of antique and contemporary furnishings and mostly contemporary art adds a perfect modern spirit.      

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