Tour Stop 6
Cathy Gast Todd and kitty, Finn
(Tour Note: Park on Hansell Street, west off Boulevard)
In the late 1980s, Cathy lived in Decatur near Emory and loved being intown. However, she somehow ended up moving farther and farther outside the perimeter to Roswell, Marietta, Smyrna and finally Acworth. That was far enough! She wanted to get back into the city, and she decided Grant Park was where she wanted to be.
In the summer of 2013, she found a two bedroom, two bathroom “condo” that was part of a turn-of-the-century Craftsman cottage with original heart pine floors, twelve-foot ceilings, lots of period molding and slotsduck baseboards, and four working fireplaces — including one in the master bath! The house had a large soaking clawfoot tub, lots of windows and natural light, big rooms and tons of storage for an older home – including a slightly creepy attic with cobwebs as old as the house itself. Cathy learned that her house and the neighboring house were converted into four condos back in 2001, just before the Grant Park Historic District was established, with her unit retaining many of its original historic architectural features.
After the place was hers, Cathy added new kitchen countertops and had the interior and exterior repainted. She added a barn door frameless shower in her master bath, as well as a new top to the vanity that features two antique tin ceiling tiles original to the house. Outside, new sod and flowers were added to the front lawn, plus all-LED lighting was installed inside and out.
Half the home has original heart pine floors and the other half is 1940s oak flooring which was laid in a different direction. Cathy recently had all of the floors throughout her home refinished, especially for the tour!