Monday, February 16, 2015

The Pink Castle of Atlanta

Last week, interior designer and blogger Sherry Hart wrote about the incredible and historic Calhoun Estate in Atlanta, also known as the Pink Castle.  As you know, I am a real estate stalker, and I recognized the house immediately. It was placed on the MLS in 2011 where for years it patiently awaited new owners amid a battered real estate market. And the perfect new owners it has found! I was thrilled to learn that the Pink Castle was recently purchased by designer Melanie Turner and her husband, builder Stan Benecki. Renovations are underway, including replacement of the 90-year-old Italian tile roof, installation of heating and cooling systems, and restoration of the intricate original plasterwork.

Located in the prestigious Buckhead neighborhood, the estate was built in 1922-1923 by architect Philip Shutze who also designed Atlanta's famous Swan House. It has 6 bedrooms, 7 baths, and over 10,000 square feet. Turner and Benecki are only the third owners of this historic home, regarded as one of Atlanta's greatest architectural treasures.  Let's take a peak at some pictures taken prior to renovations!

I have blogged about Melanie Turner's work before... You may recall the master bedroom she designed for the 2013 Atlanta Symphony Show house. I think it would be a perfect fit for the Pink Castle! 

To read more, please visit Sherry Hart's blog Design Indulgence. The Peak of Chic has also written about the Pink Castle, including lovely historic images. The recent purchase was highlighted by Simply Buckhead, profiling the estate as one of the most intriguing mansions in Buckhead. As a preservation enthusiast, this quote my heart sing...

"Sometimes I am still moved to tears when I walk through the house. I feel so lucky to be able to preserve it. I don't look at this as my house; I look at myself as a caretaker for the next generation. It feels like I'm saving something." ~Melanie Turner, via Simply Buckhead

Congratulations Melanie on your magnificent new home! I simply cannot wait to see the transformation! 


  1. Oh my gosh what a gorgeous house - its so unusual and fabulous! And i love her quote she must be terrific! Has jenny overr at Foo Dog seen your post Andrea? Would love to hear what she has to say! Xoxoelizabeth

  2. LOVE this pink castle! What a fun tour!!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

  3. Thank goodness the whole house wasn't painted pink inside. Interesting moldings. But did I see...shudder...acoustic tiles on the ceiling of one of the rooms? And I don't understand replacing the Italian tile roof. Those tiles last hundreds of years. I do hope they don't make the mistake of either making it too pink inside or greiging it to death.

  4. love it + what a blessed

  5. Beautiful....I will love to visit the house and look at every single corner of it....

  6. Love her design style and what a beautiful home! I can't wait to see what she does with it!!

  7. This house is so incredibly beautifully and it will be such fun to watch it come back to life. I hope she shares the progress!

  8. Great post Andrea!
    This house has been blogged before-
    Including by me !
    Thanks for the updated info!

  9. Wow is that every pretty! What a stunning home.......

  10. i can't wait to see how she transforms this!!!! I would love to get my hands on a project like this, too!!


  11. One of my ex bosses was a Calhoun/Robinson family member, her mother grew up here. I'm really glad that it's going to be well looked after....


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