Tour Atlanta's Historic Calhoun-Thornwell House

Anne Rivers Siddons referred to this home as the Pink Castle in her best-seller Peachtree Road . Take a peek into this historic Atlanta home.
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Photo By: Blayne Beacham Macauley and Rod Collins

Photo By: Blayne Beacham Macauley and Rod Collins

Photo By: Blayne Beacham Macauley and Rod Collins

Photo By: Blayne Beacham Macauley and Rod Collins

Photo By: Blayne Beacham Macauley and Rod Collins

Photo By: Blayne Beacham Macauley and Rod Collins

Photo By: Blayne Beacham Macauley and Rod Collins

Photo By: Blayne Beacham Macauley and Rod Collins

Photo By: Blayne Beacham Macauley and Rod Collins

Original Entrance

Located in the heart of Buckhead, the Calhoun-Thornwell House or “Tryggveson” or the Pink Castle, depending on to whom you’re speaking, holds all the mystery and intrigue of a good romance novel or the perfect location for a horror film. The foreboding Old World Italian-style villa with its ominous baroque spires sits way off of Pinestream Road. This is the view of the back of the home one would've seen if approaching from the original gates.

Today's Entrance

The historic home has only been inhabited by two families and had never gone on the market until 2010. The 16th-century Italian Villa-style estate was completed in 1923 and was created in the image of two villas Neel Reid visited in Verona, Italy. According to listing agent Glennis Beacham, though Reid was the principal architect, the plans and execution of this estate was a collaborative effort with Philip Shutze, best known for designing Atlanta’s Swan House. Paint colors were chosen by Shutze so the home would fade and look like it had been there for hundreds of years.

Hallway

To the right is the original mural Philemon and Baucis by artist Allyn Cox. Cox also did a mural for the Rotunda in our nation’s Capitol.

Ballroom

The valuable land was parceled off, and the Pink Castle now sits on a little over three acres. In 1958, owners Roby and Louise Calhoun Robinson sold the house to the Thornwell family, who were in residence for more than 50 years. In 2010 it was quietly put on the market.

Guest Room

The guest room includes a peaceful and serene sleeping porch.

Dining Room

All lighting fixtures were chosen by Neel Reid in Europe.

Powder Room

The old-school powder room features a ladies dressing area.

Living Room

When plumbing was replaced several years ago the ceiling was removed; all individual parts were numbered and reinstalled in their original position.

Original Paintings

There is a painting of the home that hangs in the home; the artist remains unknown.