The Swan House was built in 1928 for Edward and Emily Inman in Atlanta, Georgia. The Inmans had accumulated wealth from cotton brokerage and investments in transportation, banking and real estate. After their house in Ansley Park burned in 1924, the Inmans commissioned the Atlanta architectural firm of Hentz, Reid and Adler to design a new house in on 28 acres (110,000 m2) in Buckhead, a northern Atlanta community. The new mansion's design was executed by Philip Trammell Shutze, combining Renaissance revival styles with a Classical approach on the main facade. The rear facade is less formal, and is sited at the top of a small hill with terraced gardens and a fountain cascading down the hillside. A recurring motif are sculpted or painted swans throughout the house and grounds.Make Swan House a centerpiece of your Atlanta vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Atlanta tour itinerary website.
Architect Philip T. Shutze designed Swan House and its gardens, as well as many other important buildings in the city. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Columbia School of Architecture, and the American Academy in Rome, Italy.
Edward Inman died in 1931, but Emily collected her family into the house and lived there until 1965. The house and grounds were acquired by the Atlanta Historical Society in 1966. The house is operated as part of the Atlanta History Center and is maintained as a 1920s and 1930s historic house museum, with many of the Inmans' original furnishings.
In 2004, the Atlanta History Center completed a $5.4 million restoration of the house and its furnishings.
This historical building served as the Finish Line of the 19th season of The Amazing Race.
It was also used to film some scenes in the 2013 film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and in its 2015 sequel, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2.
It appears in the opening sequence of the 1980 movie Little Darlings.
It was also to be used for "TCM Remembers 2014" on Turner Classic Movies.
Swan House Reviews
Beautiful site, Incredible service, spectacular food ... wheelchair accessible ... nice art museum and local product store on site as well ... nice walk around the gardens more »
Wev stopped for lunch with friends and found a real gem of a place at the Atlanta History Center. Great service, wonderful food, and old Southern elegance and charm. Don't miss their specialty... more »
Very cool place the walk around the experience the historic scenery. It's cool that someone lived in the house until the 1970's. The rest of the history center really transports you back in time. You can checkout old houses, a blacksmith and walk the grounds.
We were greeted by ‘the owner’ of the house, which really threw us all as the actor in full period costume was so believable. He showed us the first couple rooms and then ‘the architect ‘ took over. He gave so much interesting detail and information that we never would have seen without having them pointed out. He made the 1930’s really come alive with his information and pictures.The history of this house was so fascinating, especially at a time the country was in a depression.He took us upstairs and continued a detailed tour from an architectural point of view that the four of us were really interested in. People would listen for a few minutes and continue on there own, but we were captivated by our tour guide. We finished outside in the gardens after thanking him for his time.If you go I hope you have a guided tour. It makes it so much more fun and was the highlight for us.
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