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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