Monday, July 19, 2010

A History Lesson

Left behind in the basement of our new home are multiple story boards that the "flipper" had made up in 2006/2007.  The renovations that were done in 2006 were unreal and I will have to figure out a way to share them with you.  For now, I will post the story behind 1910 Dream Street. As we start to dig into the history of the home, we have found that there is a slight dispute on the age of the home.  The records from when the home was on the Tour of Homes in 2007 say it is c.1905 but according to our agent, the tax records state c.1910.  I foresee some research in my near future!

In 1901, widowed Mrs. Elizabeth Cottingham Patterson returned to the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison M. Cottingham on the same street as the current home is located.  Three months later, she purchased a lot on this street and constructed a marvelous new home of cypress. Originally, this property was part of the Archibald Howell plantation, and was cut from the portion he sold to Laura Brumby in 1882.

As the United States involvement in World War I escalated, Mrs. Patterson became involved as the founder of the Marietta Chapter of the American Red Cross. Desiring a greater role in the conflict, she sold her home in 1916 to E.D.C. Hames and prepared to travel to France.  "Lady Pat" as she became known to hundreds of soldiers whom she and her staff entertained and provided with coffee and doughnuts on a daily basis, remained in France until the end of the war.   Upon her return to New York, "Lady Pat" was presented a government citation for her outstanding work.  "Lady Pat" was remarried to Charles Walter Dupre and resided on Habersham Road until her death.

Following the Hames ownership, the home became the property of the Brumby Chair Company president, Thomas M. Brumby, from 1921 until it was purchased from his estate by James. R. Black in 1926.  In 1932, it was sold to J.R. Miller and remained the residence of the Kingsley Miller family for nearly 60 years when the upstairs was rented to tenants as a charming and spacious apartment.

Tim Raasch and Michael Motes purchased the home from the Miller family in March 1992 and did remodeling to the house.  In July 2006, Christopher Crawford purchased the home and began five months of extensive renovations to bring the property into the 21st century.

Now it is time for my family to add to the history of this wonderful home...

1 comment:

  1. What a great history to be a part of! Love the story of Lady Pat :-)