I'm lucky because The Villa is a place I tend to pass several times a week while running errands. Designed by Philip Trammell Shutze, it's certainly less famous than his Swan House, but it conveys the architect's passion for classical design. And The Villa is one of the increasingly rare 1920s apartment buildings still surviving in Atlanta. Not too long ago, the AIA (American Institute of Architects) named it one of the city's five best buildings built between 1916 and 1925.
In the 70s the apartments became condominiums. The picturesque setting across from the Ansley golf course is still in tact though. Units on the main and top floors have 10-foot ceilings; I would love to see what some of our favorite designers might do with them.
With gas prices being what they are, I won't suggest taking a long, leisurely Sunday drive to see it -- besides there is nothing relaxing about driving in Atlanta -- but if you happen to be shopping or dining in the vicinity, try to alter your route to pass the lovely Villa. It's located at 200 Montgomery Ferry Drive in Ansley Park.
Images courtesy The Villa