Atlanta's Craigie House Avoids the Wrecking Ball

Buyers of the historic treasure in Ansley Park will restore the structure and call it home.

Photo by: plumgarden, Panoramio Built in 1911, Atlanta's historic Craigie House will be restored and converted into a single-family home by its new owners, Bert Sanders and Laura Koch.

The Craigie House, located next door to Midtown Atlanta’s tony Piedmont Driving Club, was once called a “place in peril” by the Georgia Trust of Historic Preservation, but was narrowly spared demolition. The property went into foreclosure in 2001 and was put on the market last year with a $495,000 price tag. No offers came and the white paint on the Corinthian columns steadily chipped away.

Almost a year later, an offer of $350,000 was placed and accepted. Built in 1911, the structure was once headquarters for Georgia’s first chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, but closed in 1985 after a tree fell on it. Years of neglect only exacerbated the damage and many locals feared it would suffer a similar fate of too many of the city’s treasured buildings.

The new owners, Bert Sanders and Laura Koch, plan to turn the property into a single-family home, meaning it won't be demolished, agent Pauline Miller told the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

“I’m glad that it was rescued,” said Miller, who represented the seller. “It’s going to be really beautiful.”

Sanders and his wife said that they were saddened whenever they drove past the house only to see it falling into further disrepair.

"We've always loved that beautiful place," said Sanders, an Atlanta native. "We look forward to being responsible for bringing it back.”

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