About Meredith House

Drawing by Christy Baker Knight


  1. Meredith House Overview
  2. Pre-1900 History
  3. 1900 – 1937: The Vaughans and Blantons
  4. 1937 – 1938: Architect James C. Wise
  5. 1938: Landscape Architect William L. Monroe, Sr.
  6. 1938: Builder Sam Satterwhite
  7. 1938 – 1954: The Merediths
  8. 1954 – 1962: The McLoughlins
  9. 1962 – 1964: The Leachmans
  10. 1964 – 1973: The Workmans
  11. 1973 – 2007: The Thompsons
  12. 2007 – 2010: The Fenders
  13. 2010 – present: The Normans
  14. Then and Now Photos
  15. Maps and Boundaries
  16. 1953 Adair Realty Brochure
  17. 1973 Interview with Architect
  18. Headstone and Graves
  19. Exterior: Rock Barbecue Pit
  20. Exterior: Rock Gardens
  21. Exterior: Specimen Trees
  22. Exterior: Georgia Slate Roof
  23. Exterior: Casement Windows
  24. Exterior: Badminton Court
  25. Interior: Light Fixtures
  26. Interior: Wood Carvings and Plaster Molds
  27. Interior: Bathroom Fixtures
  28. Interior: Concrete I-Beams
  29. Interior: Steel-Tex
  30. Interior: Paint
  31. Interior: Stained Glass
  32. The Desk
  33. The Help
  34. The Oxford Manufacturing Company
  35. The Architect’s Other Houses
  36. The Architect’s Other Buildings
  37. Burn Pits
  38. Buried Treasure (and Trash)
  39. Salvage: 1091 Peachtree Battle Avenue
  40. Meredith House as filming location
  41. Fly Around the Meredith House
  42. Meredith House Weather


The purpose of this blog will be to put a number of different repositories of information into one space primarily dealing with a house built in 1938 known as Meredith House.  The entries may be edited from time to time to ensure more up-to-date and accurate information.

This all started when our family purchased and moved into an old house in Atlanta, Georgia near Chastain Park.

Posts will detail various portions of that discovered history, including pre-1900 history, the land, the first owners, the architect, the builder, the landscape architect, the roof, the light fixtures, the mantle carvings, the outdoor fireplace, the interior details, the grave, the second owners, the NFL connection, the burn pits, the bottles, the tea plants, the trees, and others.

**UPDATE** —  The Kenneth and Hazel Meredith House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 30, 2018!

15 thoughts on “About Meredith House

  1. Matt, it must feel wonderful to put all your research into one container. Thanks for the invitation. I’ll be reading the blog with great interest. XO Suzanne

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  2. What can you tell me about the third floor of the house? I was a guest in this house on multiple occasions in the 1990’s when the Thompson’s were living there, and I recall there being two (maybe three?) bedrooms on the third floor. Any way you could send me a floor plan of the house? I loved staying there, and I’ve so enjoyed reading your blog posts. Thank you!!!


    1. The third floor of the house was converted from attic storage to living space in the late 1980s or early 1990s. There were two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchenette area, and some balance beams/gymnastics equipment at some juncture. There were two teenage girls living up there in the 1990s. I’d be happy to email you the floor plan and a photo or two of what the space looked like when we moved in around 2010. What do you recall about the house and the space? Thank you.


  3. This is so cool! My father lives at 423 Hillside and I grew up in the shadow of the Meredith House. I knew it was something special but never knew the story. Now that I’ve grown, I am a Historic Preservationist and the house intrigues me even more. Thanks for the details!


    1. Glad you found the blog. We have enjoyed getting to know your father. If you are ever in the neighborhood, reach out. We’d be happy to have you over. And, how cool that you are now a Historic Preservationist!


  4. Nice website and great house. I spent a lot of time in the house and on the property when the Workman’s lived in “Meredith House.” I lived on Blanton Rd. I, and other neighborhood boys, including Buddy Workman, had 4 different “forts” on the property. If you run into wine bottles buried on the property it is because we buried them. Once upon a time the “Red Barn” (now Horseradish Grill) caught fire and we “rescued” some of the property like the wine. Again, I spent a lot of time in the house and think about it from time to time (obviously, because my thoughts led me to find this page!) Congrats. Keep up the history!


    1. David, So glad you found the site and posted your comments. We have met other Blanton residents who knew the Workman’s (including David Ramseur and Lee Penny). I’d love to know where the ‘forts’ were. Our family has enjoyed getting to know the property and it’s history! -Matt


      1. Ha! You might find bottles of wine buried on the hill going down to the street (formerly Dykes, now: Tuxedo Forrest Dr). Our best fort was there- just atop the slope going down to the street, just to the west of the west side of the house). In that unit, there was a dug basement, two stories, and of course, boards nailed as steps up to a platform in the tree we built aside. Two others were sort of behind 402 Blanton Rd.


  5. I am so glad to have found this extensive website on Meredith House. I am a realtor who is preparing to list a Buckhead home which was also designed by James C. Wise and the current owners are delighted to have found so much information about Mr. Wise. Thank you so much! Lesa Bell


    1. I would love to see a picture of the house you are talking about. James C. Wise was my father. I had an 80th birthday last May and then moved to NC for more family.
      Suzanne Wise Wright


  6. We grew up on Hollydale Ct. which is off Dykes Dr. (formerly). Dad built there in 1963. I remember the Workman’s who lived in the home as I was friends with their son. They moved in the early 1970’s. What I remember of the house, as a 8-11 year old kid was the house reminded me of the Addams Family or Munster’s home!! Awesome!


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