Philip Shutze is regarded as one of Atlanta's greatest architects, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw this listing for one of his designs in Cartersville. It's a long way from Tuxedo Park...
Shutze (1890-1982) was born in Columbus, Georgia. He went on to study architecture at Georgia Tech, Columbia University, and the American Academy in Rome. His extensive education was complemented by a stint as a draftsmen for that other great Atlanta classicist, Neel Reid. In fact, some say that Shutze carried the classical architecture torch in Atlanta after Reid's tragically early death at the age of 41.
Shutze's well known buildings in Atlanta include The Temple, Grady High School, the Academy of Medicine, East Lake Country Club, Atlanta International School, and the Spring Hill Mortuary. He also collaborated with Reid on Buckhead's famous Swan House, and designed numerous other residences along West Paces Ferry and Habersham Roads.
So how did he end up 50 miles north of Atlanta around 1940 in the small town of Cartersville? Well, the exact story isn't evident through a quick online search. But given that Shutze designed some 750 works during his career, some of them were bound to escape Fulton County. What I do know is that is probably the cheapest Shutze home you'll ever see. You could spend $350K remodeling the baths and kitchen in one of his larger Buckhead homes.
The exterior of the home's appropriately modest, but it displays the masterful composition skills of Shutze. Its Colonial Revival facade is topped with a French inspired hipped roof, while the flat-roofed appendages on either side are modern in that 1940s way. The interior could definitely stand some remodeling, but there are plenty of vintage features worth saving (i.e. original hardwoods, moldings, and that neat-o bathroom sink within a bookcase). The lot's big and beautiful, and right in the heart of Cartersville's quaint historic district. It's small town living with a big city design pedigree.