Top April Event: 2012 Druid Hills Tour of Homes & Artist Market, April 20-22, 2012

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Looking for design inspiration this spring? The Druid Hills Civic Association offers a great event for design, décor and art lovers alike as they host the 2012 Druid Hills Tour of Homes and Gardens & Artist Market – Druid Hills: The Second Century, April 20-22, 2012. The premiere tour of homes in Atlanta, the tour celebrates the beauty, tradition, and future of the Druid Hills neighborhood.

Looking for design inspiration this spring? The Druid Hills Civic Association offers a great event for design, décor and art lovers alike as they host the 2012 Druid Hills Tour of Homes and Gardens & Artist Market – Druid Hills: The Second Century, April 20-22, 2012. The premiere tour of homes in Atlanta, the tour celebrates the beauty, tradition, and future of the Druid Hills neighborhood.

The tour features five spectacular homes and a collector’s garden. Two side-by-side homes were originally commissioned for siblings by P.J. Wesley & Son, one of Atlanta’s prominent pre-World War I contractors. The first home, 804 Springdale – “SOJOURNERS’ REST,“ was built in 1908, offering an Arts & Crafts aesthetic and many decorative details. The pale brick façade of this early twentieth-century, Craftsman-style home gleams brilliantly against the large old magnolia tree that shelters its expansive front porch. The longtime owners, Drs. William & Sandra Sexson, have made few changes in the house’s original plan and decorative details. Built-in benches and shelves, leaded glass windows, wide pocket doorways, quarter-sawn oak floors, and Moorish archways count among the hallmarks of the home. The Sexsons, who named their home to recognize the extensive travel that has characterized their lives, have filled the sunny rooms with art photographs and family mementos.

The house next door, 812 Springdale Road, was the other commissioned home built in 1910, and it too beckons you in through an original beveled door revealing a design that evokes the past century. The overarching style is Craftsman, although decorative features such as the fireplaces are eclectic. Homeowners Krista Brewer and Gary Flack have used the strong simple lines of the house as a backdrop for paintings, prints, and other works of art both contemporary and early twentieth-century. Many of the furnishings and lights are custom designs that resonate with Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Prairie” style. The home is one of two side-by-side houses commissioned for siblings (with 804). A double staircase and a tiered garden that can be enjoyed through double-hung windows in the breakfast room are among the house’s special features.    

The event takes place Friday, April 20,10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday, April 21, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Sunday, April 22, 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased in advance: http://www.druidhillstour.org or http://www.druidhillsartistmarket.org. Proceeds from the tour and the market benefit the Druid Hills neighborhood, Frederick Law Olmsted’s preserved residential suburb, by supporting all aspects of historic preservation, including contributing to the preservation and development of green spaces in this renowned National Register district.

About The Druid Hills Civic Association
The Druid Hills Civic Association was founded in 1938 to preserve Atlanta’s Druid Hills neighborhood and to protect the unique heritage of the greenscape and architecture. The Association carries out these responsibilities by exercising vigilance in zoning matters, maintaining a liaison with local governing bodies, informing the citizens of community problems, and promoting the general welfare of the community for the enjoyment of its residents today and in the future.

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