Monday, January 10, 2011

House of the Week

A 1950 Lewis Crook masterpiece in Buckhead.

Built for Marcus M. Emmert and designed by Lewis Edmund Crook, this house sits on lovely winding street. Lewis Crook was originally from Mississipi, but studied architecture at Georgia Tech, graduating in 1919. Interestingly, his future partner, Ed Ivey, had founded the Dept of Architecture at Ga. Tech in 1908. After graduation, Lewis Crook went to work for the most prestigious firm in the South, Hentz, Reid and Adler. He was the principal draftsman for the firm and accompanied Reid on a sketching tour of Europe in 1922. Crook was influenced by all of the principals of the firm including, Neel Reid, Philip Shutze and his future partner Ed Ivey. Ivey and Crook formed their firm in 1923 - Ivey and Crook Architects. The partners were classicists and designed and built many beautiful houses in Atlanta and the South, including this one. Lewis Crook said: "There are cycles in architecture, but people always return to the classics."

image via Lewis Crook webpage

The house is for sale. Listing here.

All images, except where otherwise indicated, are from the listing.


  1. A real beauty and a wonderful example of a not-so-big, but very gracious scaled traditional house.

  2. I agree John. Lewis Crook designed some very beautiful houses here and the scale is always just right. I think I might feature several of his houses in the next few weeks.

  3. The Blackland house? Crook has the best ranchers in town, always with a nice entablature if that's what you'd call it, often with greek key designs. A tiny bit taller with a slighter steeper roof than most. Usually with a handsome portico. Bravo. There are a handful of Crooks in my neighborhood not all ranchers.