West of Midtown, a 1920s bungalow that celebrated Atlanta architect Kenneth Johnson once renovated into what’s believed to be Georgia’s first passive-solar residence could be in for a decidedly different future.
Located just north of 10th Street, a block from Georgia Tech, Johnson’s circa-1975 work at 329 Home Park Avenue NW remains largely intact, prompting marketers to describe it as a “rare modernist gem in heart of Home Park.”
Spanning 2,574 square feet, the five-bedroom property listed last month for $649,000 with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties.
The .1-acre lot next door is also for sale (asking price: $299,000), and the listing agent describes the pair “as a great value for a potential investor.” Both lots carry R5 zoning, which would allow for multiple units, the listing notes.
Fans of Johnson’s work might take heart in knowing that sellers also advocate for “a beautiful restoration of this masterpiece,” with all its original features intact and an “entertainer’s dream layout,” according to the listing.
It’s “walkable to Georgia Tech, Midtown, and all that West Midtown has to offer,” notes the broker. “Each level has exterior access and [a] full kitchen giving the ability to separate the spaces to create separate units.”
A Georgia Tech graduate and adherent of Frank Lloyd Wright’s design principles, Johnson’s career as an architect spanned 45 years in Atlanta. His more notable works include the Morrison-Coghlin residence in Buckhead, the stone-heavy C&S Bank (now a Bank of America branch) on Roswell Road, and the Central Congregational Church on Briarcliff Road.
His most recognizable design, however, could have been the C&S Bank branch on Moreland Avenue, south of East Atlanta Village, which was razed a decade ago despite pushback from preservationists. The modernism conservators at Georgia’s Docomomo chapter have described that structure in particular as “remarkable.”
When Johnson died in 2014, at age 89, his obituary read, in part: “This architect lived long enough to witness the power of the internet in pulling his early modern designs from obscurity to renewed acclaim.”
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