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“You Can Make a Visit to the Swan House a Lot of Fun”
Review of Swan House

Swan House
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US$ 65.00*
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Atlanta Historical Homes Tour
Ranked #17 of 304 things to do in Atlanta
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 17 July 2017

We were in Atlanta for a wedding anniversary, weekend and visited The Atlanta History Center/Swan House for the first time. After spending several hours viewing the exhibits at the history center, we walked over to the Swan House. Most people seemed to rush through the house in about 30 minutes. We spent almost two hours there mainly talking with one of the historical interpreters, Philip Trammell Schutze, the architect who designed the house and gardens almost 90 years ago. Jon Goldstein plays the role of Mr. Shutze for four days of the week, usually from Thursday through Sunday. He is outstanding and rarely gets out of character. Just ask him a question about the house, Atlanta from the 1920s to 1980, or the Inman family and you will believe that you are talking with the original Philip Shutze. He took us all over the house and told us story after story and when everyone else had gone, he took us down to the Terrace Level and told us about "his" collection of decorative art. This important collection of porcelain (English, Chinese & Continental), pottery and American/English period furniture was thoroughly explained to us by the "collector". We had a lot of fun and felt like we were best friends with Architect Shutze when the building closed.

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Reviewed 17 July 2017 via mobile

The man who plays the architect that designed the house gave us an informative and fun tour of the house on Friday, July 14. He never strayed from his character the whole time and I thought it was so nice of him to take the time to show us around and give us the history behind the house. Make sure you don't lose him!

Thank Shawn S
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Reviewed 15 July 2017

The house is beautiful, and the 1930s characters that you will meet to show you the house (e.g., the owner, the architect, a servant) really make it great. They're very knowledgeable about their character, the time period, details of the house, the inhabitants' personalities, and stories about the home. Make sure to ask them about their life in the house. They really help make the home shine for the special place that it is.

Thank DAL523
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

This house is phenomenal! Who knew this amazing and beautiful house was hidden among 28 acres near Buckhead? Beautifully restored with everything on display, it really gives you a sense of what being a socialite in 1920's Atlanta was all about. I love the interaction throughout and the ability to explore at your own pace. The grounds are just as beautiful and intriguing as the interior with gardens, a swept lawn and playhouse to explore. If you love history, you will adore the Swan House. It is not to be missed when in Atlanta. As a side note: I would not recommend it for kids. There are lots of period pieces and roped off areas.

Thank mrandmrsdavis2015
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

The teens in my group were interested in this specific part of the larger historical site in Atlanta. The rooms with characters (in costume, speaking as one of the persons who lived/visited Swan House) made it enjoyable, but much of the house is not staffed.

Thank Chaperone2013
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