The Georgia Trust

2010 PRESERVATION AWARDS: EXCELLENCE IN REHABILITATION

SMITH-BENNING HOUSE
Atlanta, Fulton County

The History
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the 1980s, the Smith-Benning House has been modified extensively since its construction in the mid 1880s.

The Project
The 28-year long project, with vast amounts of work done by owners Robert and Carole Craig, included removing non-historic siding, restoring historic woodwork, repairing historic porches, and constructing compatibly-designed modern additions.

Owners of the house are Robert and Carole Craig. Project professionals include: James R. Crisp, contractor; Zaic-Hug Architects; Kitchensmith; Robert Craig, architectural historian and owner; Carole A. Craig, wood restorer and owner; Scott Crisp, fine wood worker, craftsman and carpenter.

Current Use
During the Craig’s extensive project, the house was continuously used as a residence and is heralded by many as a catalyst for the designation of its surrounding neighborhood, Candler Park, as an Atlanta historic district and its subsequent listing in the National Register.


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