Preservationists are finding it’s not easy to save an imposing mansion in Buckhead: Even an offer to hand the home to anyone who will move it has gone nowhere.
Some worry that the dire situation for that Peachtree Road building is a symbol of Atlanta’s flimsy ties with its past, highlighted by a hit-or-miss history of preservation.
The house, built in 1924 for Thomas Jefferson’s great-great grandson, has sat virtually untouched for 25 years on a busy stretch of Peachtree Road near the Peachtree Battle shopping center, in front of a condo development that now wants to tear it down.
Desperate to save the Randolph-Lucas House, the Buckhead Heritage Society this summer offered the home to anyone who can afford the $350,000 estimated cost to move it to a new location in the neighborhood.
The potential demise of the Randolph-Lucas House is really bumming me out and I’m having a very hard time not thinking of the residents of 2500 Peachtree as a bunch of assholes! I’ve always thought it was such an interesting surprise along that strip condos and high rises and a respectful nod to the history of the area. Anyone got an extra $350,000 (and also the million-plus it would take to restore it) laying around?