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Buckhead’s grand Spotswood Hall, with its pedimented portico and soaring Ionic columns, wasn’t an obvious choice for architect Frances Flautt Zook’s favorite house in the city. “I’m not a mansion kind of person,” says Zook, who is better known for transitional design. “But this is a house I really respect.”
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this gem was respectfully updated by noted architect Norman Askins.
This European-style estate, designed by noted architect Norman Askins, was a labor of love by homeowners and veteran antique dealers Jim and Jacqueline Adams.
This Morningside Tudor was carefully renovated by Norman Askins to include modern luxuries.
An elegant but unassuming Greek Revival home on West Wesley Road is perhaps the oldest house in Buckhead. Actually, it was built in Resaca, located near Calhoun in Northwest Georgia. In the 1950s, Atlanta contractor Joseph Walker and his wife drove by and fell instantly in love with the abandoned, antebellum home.
Architect Norman Askins often makes up a story when he builds a house. To inform the design for this 1997 Italian-style villa, he created a fable that revolved around a European countess whose American husband built her a retreat inspired by the famed Colombe d’Or hotel in Provence.
Get inspired to revamp your home with books from Norman Askins, Nancy Braithwaite, Barbara Westbrook, and Susan Hable.
When we asked a few local designers and architects to discuss the roles mentors played in shaping their careers, we noted an abundance of gratitude in their responses. Yet these feelings of admiration do not seem to be one-sided. When we turned to the mentors themselves, seeking a few sage words about design, we were struck by the great sense of pride they feel in their students’ success.
In many ways, Norman Davenport Askins inherited the mantle of classical architecture directly from Atlanta icons Philip Trammell Shutze and Neel Reid. As a boy in Birmingham, Askins fell in love with traditional style and was a “closet classicist” during his days at Georgia Tech, when modernism ruled the architecture school in the 1960s.