ATLANTA – Preservationists plan to move the historic Randolph-Lucas House to Atlanta’s historic Ansley Park neighborhood this summer.
NewTown Partners, an Atlanta-based economic development consulting firm focusing on distressed historic resources, purchased the Ansley property at 78 Peachtree Circle on Thursday, May 30, and has already begun the process of moving the structure. The mansion will be the private home of NewTown Partners’ founders, Christopher Jones and Roger Smith, returning the mansion
to its residential roots for the first time in nearly 20 years.
The 1924 home is prominently located at the intersection of Peachtree Road and Lindbergh Drive. Atlanta architect P. Thornton Marye designed the Georgian-Revival style home for Hollins Randolph, a great-great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson, based on Randolph’s ancestral home near Charlottesville, Virginia. Mrs. Margaret Lucas owned the house until her death in 1987. The home has been threatened with demolition several times since.
NewTown Partners arranged for the preservation and moving of the home from the Condominium Association for 2500 Peachtree Road, which was granted a demolition permit to demolish the home last fall. The condo association, Buckhead Heritage Society, City of Atlanta and other partners have worked together since to find a solution for the home – ultimately offering it for free to anyone who could move it by this summer.
The home will be moved to an empty lot in Ansley Park.