Tour Stop 9

Tour Stop 9
366 Glenwood Avenue
Carolyn Cushing
 

Built: 1905
Style: Queen Anne Cottage
Don’t miss: The skyline view from the master bedroom

After a visit to Oakland Cemetery followed by lunch at a locally-owned restaurant, where Amy Winehouse tunes filled the air and a man in a kilt sat at the bar, Carolyn Cushing knew she’d found her ideal neighborhood.  Shortly after that, she came across 366 Glenwood Avenue, a three-bedroom, two-bathroom cottage built in 1905.

From the first day, Carolyn has been thrilled with the little treasure that boasts five original fireplaces, 10-foot ceilings, heart pine flooring in all of the original five rooms, and a back-of-the-house addition that includes an upstairs master bedroom with a winter view of the downtown skyline and the Georgia State Capitol dome.  Carolyn appreciates that these walls have seen many generations of families celebrating the holidays, and says, “Old houses remind us that we are just passing through.”

She has made a few improvements since moving in: she recently had the kitchen remodeled, added bookshelves and had all five fireplaces revamped with period-appropriate tile. The front door had to be replaced by the previous owners, who found an interesting and thoughtful way of repurposing the old door by turning it into the dining room table. Of course, that table had to stay with the house!

As you explore the home during the tour, note that many of the original paintings are by her father or brother, and include scenes from Nova Scotia, Buenos Aires, Connecticut, Philadelphia and even our own Oakland Cemetery.  Antique Christmas cards, most at least 100 years old, decorate one of the mantels.  A few of the cards were sent home from Carolyn’s uncle who was a military governor of Dingolfing, a small German town, at the end of WWII. Also, be sure to notice the letter from “Aunt Ellen” describing Christmas in Germany shortly after the war ended.