PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF JOSH VICK OF HOME TOURS AMERICA
The Morgans’ beautiful Buckhead home, Knollwood, was built in 1927 by architect Philip Trammel Shutze, who designed about 100 homes in Atlanta. the family redecorated the interior to reflect their own style, while preserving Shutze’s architectural grandeur. ABOVE: The Breakfast room bids a warm welcome to the morning, with a sweep of windows adding to the spacious, open-air feel. BELOW RIGHT: Making a formal statement without all the fuss, the den is the perfect place to read and relax.
The Members Guild of the Atlanta History Center drew a huge crowd for its fall kick-off event at Knollwood, the beautiful Buckhead home of Barbara and Charles Morgan. Featured speaker Edyth Shadburn – everyone’s favorite social arbiter at Charles Willis Jewelers – regaled the group with stories of visiting the property as a small child when her grandparents lived there. During Atlanta’s snowy winters, Edyth recalled, she and her sister would slide down the hills on silver serving trays. Originally built for W. H. Kiser in 1929, Knollwood is among the best Neo-Georgian houses designed by famed architect Philip Trammell Shutze, who admired American Colonial, Georgian and Federal forms. The Morgans have added their own personal touch, creating a home that is warm, friendly and beautiful, with the help of Kevin Russo, Dean Francisco, Carolynn Shedd, Stephen Cobb and many friends. “I wanted the outstanding architecture of Mr. Philip Shutze to be the dominant feature,” Barbara said. “I love this house and hope that I have done my job in preserving a piece of history that will last a long, long time.”
ABOVE LEFT: Less is more in the Morgans’ grand dining room, simply and sensationally accessorized with a sparkling chandelier crowning the majestic table, golden drapery framing the windows and a gilded mirror topping the stately fireplace. TOP RIGHT: The wet bar adds a new dimension to home entertaining. ABOVE RIGHT: The living room graciously accommodates family and friends with true southern charm.
ABOVE: Accented with gleaming woods and rich fabrics, the Greeting room is a cozy gathering spot. BELOW: The expansive kitchen is a chef’s paradise, with ample space for dining in.