Tour Stop Five: 454 Park Avenue
Jennifer and David Tim
Having both grown up in Atlanta, Jennifer and David always admired Grant Park for its charm and history. David first moved to the neighborhood in 2015 and quickly realized he never wanted to leave.
In 2020, he began following the “Baker House” renovation on Instagram. “Seeing” some of the house in its original state and watching it transform is something special for homeowners to witness, so the Tims were already in love when they moved in.
The two black and white photos framed on the dry bar were gifted by the granddaughter of J. H. and Georgia Baker, who built the house in 1906 and whose family lived in the home until the late 1950s.
The modern transition of the house happened only a few years ago by a local Grant Park couple. During that renovation, the stained glass windows on the front of the home that were thought to be lost were found in the attic.
Other original features include the pocket doors between the parlor and dining room, parlor doors to the hallway and the window above them, fireplaces and mantles, hardwood floors, stained glass transom, and the rounded footprint of the porch.
Molding that could be saved was made into the hood over the stove. The hallway on the main floor was originally a breezeway, dividing the home in half for circulation. The walls with the wide horizontal planking are original to that part of the home’s history.
Tourgoers should notice the original acrylic paintings in the living room, office, and hallway by the kitchen, all by Jennifer’s aunt, an artist who lives in San Francisco.
The Tims’ favorite features of the house are the stained glass and the fireplaces, and they love enjoying wine on the front porch and having a living area with a flowing, open layout where they can easily welcome guests into their home.