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The site was once owned by Joseph Mitchell, the last living heir to Gone With the Wind scribe Margaret Mitchell. Upon his death, he donated it to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta. The church spent two years scrapping the existing house and building a residential-style events space for its prelate archbishop. However, a front-page story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about plans for the $2.2 million residence helped touch off sharp criticism from parishioners.
This whole house Marietta renovation banished wallpaper from the kitchen and bathroom.
The 1990s brought us "Seinfeld," the World Wide Web, and triumph for the Atlanta Braves, but it wasn’t a stellar decade for builder-designed bathrooms. Flimsy cabinets and cheap brass fixtures, with nary a natural material, defined bathrooms in new houses spreading all over the metro area.
When Jennifer and William Ryan bought their 1906 cottage in Grant Park, “it resembled something out of an Alfred Hitchcock movie,” says Jennifer. Four years earlier, the humble house had burned almost to the ground. Little remained but the frame and a fireplace.