Welcome to your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a cornerstone of Grant Park history.
Shortly after the end of the Civil War, a prominent merchant and contractor, Julius A Fischer (1857 - 1937), wanted to build a house at what then the outskirts of town. He chose a prominent corner on the east side of Grant Park, a nearly 140-acre green space which had just been donated to the city by Lemuel Pratt Grant.
Built in 1886, the Fisher house, as it has become known, is one of the city's greatest examples of high Victorian architecture. It’s now pristine condition is the result of many years of loving renovation by its current owners who are ready to pass it on to another proud new owner.
As you step up to the picturesque rocking chair front porch, you’ll notice several intriguing details that take you back to the era of the beginning of Grant Park: the carriage stone bearing the J.A. Fischer name; the exquisite fretwork; and the intrinsic front porch view.
Step inside onto gleaming heart pine floors, all original to the home. On either side of the entry are two beautiful, expansive living areas with ornate decorative fireplaces and gorgeous original stained glass. The furniture in the living area to the left was original to the home, and returned by descendants of the original Fischer family after the current owners purchased the home in 1978.
As you make your way from room to room on the first floor, you’ll notice beautiful etched glass in all the windows and upper door panels which harken back to design elements found throughout the Victorian era. The designs in the etched glass, all done by hand by the current owner, are replicated in the upper moldings and fretwork throughout the home.
Just beyond the living area to your left is a formal dining room, complete with custom draperies, decorative frieze and an exquisite chandelier. While the kitchen features original heart pine floors underneath vinyl covering, the modern updates include granite countertops, newer cabinets and backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and a convenient breakfast bar alongside a picturesque window seat with stained glass. Expansion of kitchen inside the current envelope is possible by opening the wall to the adjacent room, or outside the envelope by pushing back into the yard.
Further exploration of the main level of the home leads to a potential main level suite in the rear of the home, with possible expansion onto the back screened porch area that could be converted into a bathroom and closet space in the future. Additionally, you will find a half bath just across the hall from this suite.
Walk up the original Southern Longleaf heart-of-pine staircase to two spacious secondary bedrooms, complimented by a beautiful back balcony space overlooking the back yard. The master bedroom features a unique turret space complimented by a chandelier and original stained glass. The master suite also contains the laundry area across from a space overlooking a faux Juliet balcony, as well as a tub-and-shower combo with dual vanities in the bathroom. Both upstairs bathrooms have been recently updated with beautiful granite counters.
Additionally, the upstairs hallway has a door leading to an expansive walk-up attic with permanent stairs, which currently serves as a massive storage space.
Out back, the magic continues with beautifully manicured gardens with walking paths featuring Victorian garden staples such as crepe myrtles, Japanese maples, canna lilies, roses, blueberries, hosta and azaleas. Adjacent to the garden is a two-car carport, modeled after the architecture of the main house, with direct access from Killian Street. From outdoors, you can access the basement through the side of the home, which offers a workspace and additional storage.
When the home was last on the market 41 years ago, Grant Park was a different place. Today, you’re able to walk right across the street to the new Grant Park Gateway currently nearing completion in Atlanta’s oldest and most storied public park, plus numerous restaurants, bars, coffee shops and neighborhood gathering places. What's more, you’re just a two minute bike ride to the Beltline.
This truly remarkable home is well known by the residents of Grant Park and all passersby. Throughout its history, it has maintained its historic integrity, greatly complimented by the loving care and maintenance provided by the current owners. As the new steward of this period showplace, you’ll have the opportunity to immediately enjoy all the grandeur that the Victorian age had to offer while taking your time to add your own personal touches.
There’s never been a better time to own such a significant example of Atlanta architectural history.
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It's not a headstone, it's not a tombstone, it's a carriage stone! Whenever someone stepped off their horse or out of a carriage, they often stepped onto a carriage stone that was conveniently placed close to the curb. The Fischer carriage stone was taken away when the original family moved, but years later was presented by a descendant to the current owners in gratitude for having renovated the family home.
In 2011, several historians and neighborhood folk came together to write and publish "Historic Grant Park." Only three homes were featured through the entire 128 pages, one of which was the Fischer House.
Julius Fischer's "New England Cough Bitters" was the cash-cow elixir that allowed for the financing and building of such an exquisite residence in Reconstruction-era Atlanta. When the current owners purchased the property over four decades ago, they found this bottle while planting landscaping in the back yard.
In the keeping room just off the kitchen, the current owners have a wall of history that visitors can peruse which include photos of the house over 130 years ago, images of the Fisher family, and the renovation in progress over the years.
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