Governor’s Mansions in Atlanta
In 1870, the state purchased the John James residence at the corner of Peachtree and Cain Streets for use as the Governor’s residence (top). The grand Victorian mansion was demolished in 1923. In 1925, the state acquired the home of Edwin Ansley, located at The Prado in Ansley Park (middle). The mansion was demolished in 1968. The current Governor’s Mansion, completed in 1968, is located at 391 West Paces Ferry Road (bottom).
Valentine from the Martha Lumpkin Compton Scrapbook Collection, dated 1840-1895.
Tucked away behind the AHC’s Swan House is the picturesque Victorian Playhouse. This playhouse has entertained Atlanta children since 1890, and has resided in several Atlanta neighborhoods including Inman Park, Ansley Park, Brookwood Hills, and Buckhead. Donated to the AHC in 1980, the playhouse is a great example of the type of architecture commonly found in Atlanta between 1890 and 1920.
Here’s a list of previous owners and years the playhouse was moved:
1890 - Goldsmith family, Peachtree Street
1906 - Seals family, Inman Park
1910 - Murphy family, Ansley Park
1926 - Hurt family, Brookwood Hills
1932 - Ellis family, Buckhead
1980 - Atlanta History Center