Restoration of Historic Powell House, Part II

Yesterday for Met Monday, we toured the lower level of the historic Powell House in Villa Rica Georgia.

Historic Powell House in Villa Rica, Georgia


Today we’re heading upstairs…can’t wait to show you all the bedrooms and take you out on the balcony. Let’s go!

Historic Powell House in Villa Rica, Georgia


Once you reach the top of the front staircase, as you look back toward the front of the home this is your view.

Historic Home Decorated for Christmas


I made a beeline for the balcony…couldn’t wait to see how it looked out there.

Historic Home Decorated for Christmas

A view from the Balcony


The columns are so beautiful!

Historic Home Decorated for Christmas


Wonder how the ceiling would look painted haint blue? 🙂

Historic Home Decorated for Christmas


Historic Home Decorated for Christmas


This style column is called, Corinthian. The name is derived from the ancient Greek city of Corinth. You can google Corinthian columns and read all about Greek and Roman architecture at Wikipedia. I was amazed to learn the oldest known example of a Corinthian column is in the Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae in Arcadia, c. 450–420 BC.

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Back inside, this room was to our immediate left. It’s a huge room, really grand!

Historic Home Decorated for Christmas 04


It had more of those wonderful built-in like we saw downstairs.

Historic Home Decorated for Christmas 05


It also had a huge window seat with storage underneath. The view was pretty out the windows overlooking the trees.

Window Seat Storage in Historic Home


There were so many bedrooms upstairs, I totally lost count. I think there were at least six…this house is huge!

Historic Home Decorated for Christmas


Another bedroom…floors are so pretty! Notice the different design of the windows. I think the two windows with the smaller transom-like windows above faced the front of the home because I can see the columns outside.

Historic Home Decorated for Christmas


Another bedroom…the rooms are so nice and large! Wouldn’t it be fun to decorate all these rooms!

Historic Home Decorated for Christmas


Back out in the upstairs hallway, we headed toward the back of the house.

Staircase Decorated for Christmas 2


Another fabulous window seat with storage underneath.

Historic Home Decorated for Christmas


This was probably my favorite bedroom of all. I kind of wondered if it had been a sleeping porch once upon a time because of all the windows.

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What do you think?

Historic Home Decorated for Christmas


The fireplace in this room…

Historic Home Decorated for Christmas 21


I looked out one of the windows facing onto the back yard and this was what I saw. What do you think that used to be? Let’s go downstairs and outside for a better look.

Historic Home Decorated for Christmas


Back downstairs, we headed toward the back door. I love the beautiful arched fanlight with the pretty keystone overhead. Today’s homes just lack so many of these gorgeous details.

Historic Home Decorated for Christmas


Speaking of gorgeous details, here’s a close-up of one of the doorknobs upstairs.

Glass Door Knob in Historic Home


Okay, here we are in the backyard. So what do you think this was? I was guessing an old greenhouse. Wouldn’t it be fabulous restored?

Historic Home Decorated for Christmas


Not too far away from the greenhouse was a grand Purple Martin Birdhouse.

Historic Home Decorated for Christmas


This is definitely the fanciest Martin house I’ve ever seen!

Historic Home Decorated for Christmas


Hope you enjoyed touring the Powell House. Did you have a favorite room or feature? Was it the high ceilings? The beautiful windows or heavy moldings? How about all the wonderful built-ins we saw in yesterday’s tour?

Pssst: If you missed the tour yesterday, you’ll find it here: Restoration of the Powell House, Part I

Historic Powell House in Villa Rica, Georgia

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  1. Loved it all, especially the built-ins and the fireplaces in all the bedrooms. The moldings and windows were gorgeous.

  2. OK. Gorgeous home. Beyond stunning. Finally, I have something in my home that you showed photos of here. Those glass door knobs? They are on every door in my (three bedroom) upstairs. My house was built in the early 20’s, my grandparents (the 2nd owners) lived here for almost 30 years before my husband and I bought it. Our son has the happy honor of living in the house that belonged to his great-grandparents!

  3. I would be willing to bet that the out building was a kitchen when the house was first built.

    • Agree; original kitchen for the out-building was my first thought. What a beautifully detailed historic home. Thank those Corinthian columns are my favorite thing of all. The upstairs bedrooms look like ballrooms compared to our 3 bedrooms; but we dearly love our 50-ish year little brick cottage home.

  4. I am obsessed with the palladium windows. This is just gorgeous. Could the building in the back have once been the kitchen? I know they used to have kitchens separate from the main house for safety and so not to heat up the house.

    • This house was built in 1928. I was thinking kitchens were inside by then…need to research that to see. I know when I toured the James River Plantation homes in VA, many of the homes had the outdoor kitchens, but they were much older homes.
      I love those beautiful windows, too!

  5. Nancy B of Lake Stevens says

    Susan, what a treat for you to share this beyond gorgeous home. All those lovely windows make it seem so light. I am wondering if the paint color is close to sugar cookie, a color you introduced to me and which I have been crushing on for a year and a half. It sure looks similar.

  6. I remarked after touring my granddaughter’s new home that it was beautiful, but had no character and we decided that would be something she and grandparents could work on. The first thing she wants to do is paint the wall over the fireplace a deeper color and I thought a beautiful iron piece would be lovely and then some large lanterns. Her mother thought it was fine just the way it was.. At least the house doesn’t have white walls and for just being there a year she has done a wonderful job on a shoestring. She and her dad made a headboard out of a ReStore closet door. I was so proud of her.

    We have been snowbound and the temps have been down to -11 with windchills of -31. Guess what? The furnace went out and we woke up to a 41 degree inside temp, but the furnace is working now and as soon as the furnace man can get here, he will check it out. Spring can’t get here soon enough.

  7. I love this house! I love the built-ins! Thanks for posting!

  8. Oh Susan,
    this is such a beautiful big house… love all its fireplaces and those window seats with lots of storage possibilities!
    I wouldn’t even know where to start with furnishing and decorating! lol
    Instead of that (and I swear, I don’t know why!) somehow I started picturing some little kids having fun riding bike in those long and unfurnished hallways! Crazy, I know… 🙂
    ~Hugs to you~

  9. I’m guessing it was a kitchen when fire cooking was such a hazard. Or at least a summer kitchen used during warmer weather.

  10. Peggy Thal says

    Really love the built-ins too. My house has the same columns (shorter) and the key stones in moldings. Do love that ! Makes me happy everyday. Thanks for showing this beautiful home. I too would love to decorate and shop for pieces for this home. Unlimited budget would be a dream .

  11. YES to the “haint blue” ceiling…wouldn’t that set off those WONDERFUL columns!!! My vote is…kitchen…think I would leave it and turn into a folly. This was a wonderful tour…one of my very favorite things to do. THANKS! franki

  12. Susan, I can just imagine how you would decorate those rooms, especially the dining room table!

  13. Linda Mazzei says

    Many Southern homes had smokehouses, where they cured meat, and they did cook there in the summer time because of the heat and risk of burning the house down. Depending on how much land, it could have been a bunkhouse for work hands. Or the DR may have used it as a Doctors office.

  14. Hi Susan, I truly love this old mansion! I love all the windows, fireplaces, flooring, trimwork,built-ins,columns, martin house etc. Oh and I have the same doorknobs in my home! I have a victorian farmhouse built in 1900. We have been restoring the home, it was in such a mess, not livable. It has been a labor of love! They just don’t make um like they used to! Thanks so much for sharing….
    an old soul…
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  15. Dear Susan,
    Loved the beautiful mansion with all of its lovely character, especially the glass doorknobs. They reminded me of
    the doorknobs in my grandmother’s home in Detroit. Her doors were the dark mahogany wood, I think. They
    certainly weren’t veneer.
    Classic detailing is what makes character come alive in a home, I think. Nice post!
    Ann P.

  16. Hi Susan,
    You’re right. The porch ceiling painted blue would be spectacular.

  17. Juanita in OH says

    Susan, oh Susan! I get so lost in your posts. I don’t know how much time I spent here but I never seem to get enough.
    I think every single home/apt. should have transom windows. I can plainly see the porch roof in blue, I would have to put a rocking/gliding chair or swing out there and spend a great deal of time there. I felt like I was there with you, TFS.

  18. For information btw the house in the backyard is not a green house. the powell house use to be a plantation home. This house in the back was a slave house, I been around this house more than once in my life I love it its beautiful. Bit is has more history than anyone knows or wants to know about. Bit that is what that house is a old slave house there use to be old fore pokers out in it (I been there and got a tour)

    • Hi Morgan,
      Thanks for your input but it couldn’t have been a slave house because slavery was abolished in 1865 and Powell House wasn’t built until 1928, 63 years later. It looks very much like all the old green houses I’ve seen in photos.

  19. Vicky Guy says

    My sister n law and her husband rented this place for a brief period of time. It was a place I had hoped would still be standing today and definitely restored or remodeled. This is a wonderful find for me to see again. We visited with them several times.

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