Monday, February 21, 2011
Woodlands at Barnsley Gardens
This week we are featuring a different sort of house - the house is in ruins! Yet, it is still beautiful. In fact, I would say that its bones, the brick architecture of the house, are more beautiful than the house was when it was whole. Located an hour from Atlanta in Adairsville, Georgia, the house has quite an interesting story to tell. Take a look at the house before it sank into disrepair..
An Italianate structure built by Godfrey Barnsley in the 1850's for his wife Julia and their children, the house's roof was torn off by a tornado in 1906 and it has not been occupied since. The story is below:
Looking from the parterre gardens toward the house. The house and gardens were inspired by the work of Andrew Jackson Downing, a landscape designer and proponent of Italianate and Gothic revival architecture.
The family lived in the kitchen structure to the right above, after the roof was ripped off of the main house by a tornado in 1906.
Click here to read more about the history of the Barnsley Estate.
Tomorrow we'll have photos of the interior - so stay tuned!
all photos by whitehaven