|This is my Granny. You would have loved her house.|
|The Howell - Sessions House, Marietta, Georgia, ca 1851|
photo by Jim Divitale
The books focus on aspects of homes in Georgia, and I know many of my readers live in the Peach State, or have ties to it. But even if you aren't from Georgia, who doesn't like looking at a big 'ole fancy house with a good story to go along?
"Marietta The Gem City of Georgia" by Douglas Frey, explores the beautiful old homes of Marietta. An enormous amount of detail regarding the original construction, the families who lived there, and renovations are included along with stunningly beautiful photographs by Jim DiVitale.
The fifty houses featured in the six and half pound (!!!!) book were built between the years 1838 - 1949. Douglas and his wife Rachel, (my dearest, most talented friend) have painstakingly restored a 125 year old Victorian home themselves, and know every detail of pediments, window sashes, porches, and authentic historical colors for houses than anyone else could ever know.
The second book by Michael Kitchens, takes a different spin on older homes, and features stories and details on ninety-four antebellum homes that once stood grand, but are now erased from the land. "Ghosts of Grandeur, Georgia's Lost Antebellum Homes and Plantations" reads like a collection of novelettes with long lost photos accompanying every tragic story.
Mike has done enough research to qualify for multiple doctorates in history, architecture and general old-house-ology. Time and indifference are proven to have taken their toll on once beautiful residences, and Mike somehow brings each story to life with his amazing attention to detail.
I'm still feverishly reading, trying to find out what happened to my Great-Great-Great-Grandmother Scarlett's house, Tara! It's got to be in there somewhere!
|This was a beauty, but it's no Tara.|
If you know anyone who loves beautiful, one of a kind, historic homes, architecture, or history, these books would make beautiful and treasured gifts.
To learn more about and to order "Marietta, Gem city of Georgia" click here.
To learn more about and to order "Ghosts of Grandeur, Georgia's Lost Antebellum Homes and Plantations" click here. Mike will have a book release party in Valdosta, GA on November 30th at the Turner Center for the Arts.
Look for this gift idea at: Coastal Charm, Savvy Southern Style, Our Delightful Home, Mockingbird Hill Cottage, and A Diamond in the Stuff.