Taking You Places You've Never Been Before
We see sites both before renovation begins and after the final touches have been completed.
Usually scheduled for the second Tuesday evening of the month March through December, CIRCA will take you places you’ve never been before. Come explore with us!
To Join CIRCA, you need be a member of the Atlanta Preservation Center. Please visit Membership to join both the APC and CIRCA.
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Upcoming CIRCA events: CIRCA's October Meeting:
CIRCA’S OCTOBER MEETING: RANDOLPH-LUCAS HOUSE
DATE: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
TIME: Meeting begins at 6:15pm; tour begins at 6:30pm
ADDRESS: 78 Peachtree Circle, Atlanta, GA 30309-3529
DETAILS: Two years ago the Randolph-Lucas House was a beleaguered but beloved red brick mansion on Peachtree Road at Lindbergh Drive. But that summer it finally found a savior, NewTown Partners, an Atlanta-based economic development consulting firm specializing in historic preservation. That year they began the process of moving the house to 78 Peachtree Circle, an empty lot in Ansley Park, where it will become the private home of company founders Christopher Jones and Roger Smith.
The house was originally built for Thomas Jefferson’s great-great-grandson, Hollins Randolph. Atlanta architect P. Thornton Marye, who also helped build the Fox Theatre, designed the Georgian-Revival style home to resemble Randolph’s ancestral home near Charlottesville, Virginia. Margaret Lucas purchased the home in 1935 and lived there until her death in 1987. Afterward, the house was owned by the 2500 Peachtree Road Condominium Association (who moved it several dozen feet when the condominiums were built in 1998) and served as a special events facility and an office, but it was unused the last few years before it was moved to its new location. In fact it was going to be demolished when the Buckhead Heritage Society stepped in and offered to give the house – free of charge – to anyone able to move it. In January of 2013 the Buckhead Heritage Society, the City of Atlanta, and the condo association selected NewTown’s proposal, and the moving process began.
Christopher Jones, one of the owners, will be our tour guide and will fill you in on the details of the move and restoration of the house.
PARKING: street parking on most of Peachtree Circle (There are some signs that say NO PARKING and have unreadable times on them. The times for no parking are 10pm to 10am, so parking will be available during our CIRCA meeting and tour.) If no street parking is available, you can park in any of the paid parking areas that you might use when visiting the Woodruff Art Center.
FEE: Free for CIRCA members and first time guests, $10 for returning visitors