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273 The Prado

Suellyn Tornay & Kelly Leggette

273 The Prado was completed in 1923, an early design by the historically significant Atlanta architect Lewis “Buck” Crook, Jr., of Ivey & Crook (firm active 1923-67). Crook began his career working with the renowned Neel Reid and went on to design over six hundred projects in the Southeast.  His notable 1929 Crum & Forster building, the ‘Italian villa’ office building at 771 Spring Street in Midtown Atlanta, was recently saved from demolition.  Crook made lasting contributions to the vocabulary of Atlanta’s residential architecture, as well.  

Here, at 273 The Prado, his end gables, exterior articulated chimney, clapboard siding and symmetrical fenestration are hallmarks of the popular Colonial Revival style.  The central entrance door’s large fanlight and sidelights add grace notes to the fa├žade’s spare period styling. The one-story wing is original, with the exception of its roof balustrade.

The home has had only four owners in its ninety-three year history.  Current owners Suellyn and Kelly enjoy a passion for renovation and have done many of the wood working projects in the house themselves, including beamed ceilings, cabinets, and bookshelves.  The painted floors are a particularly charming feature:  They were originally a ‘work-around,’ painted over to avoid replacing damaged floors uncovered during renovations.  Over time, Suellyn and Kelly have come to cherish the painted floor designs for the unique character they add to the house.   

Avid fans of antique shops, estate sales, and scrapyards, Suellyn and Kelly display an eclectic array of airplane parts, old pond boats, English bus signs, antique furniture, and lovingly reclaimed items.  

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