Escape into Elegance: A Venetian Carnival
March 14, 2020

The Pink Castle
Atlanta, GA

Join us as we honor and celebrate outstanding preservationists from around the state at the 36th annual Preservation Gala.

Enjoy an evening of fine food, cocktails and dancing at the stunning Pink Castle. Originally owned by the Calhoun family, the historic house is one of Atlanta’s most impressive homes designed by the noted architecture firm of Hentz, Reid & Adler. Event chairs, Juliet and John Allan of Atlanta, promise a night to remember!

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Patron Levels
Venetians – $5,000 (patron level includes table for 8)
San Marcos – $2,000 (patron level includes 4 tickets)
Piazzas – $1,000 (patron level includes 2 tickets)
Gondoliers – $600 (host committee includes 2 tickets)

Individual tickets – $100-250

Step inside one of Atlanta’s architectural masterpieces.

The lovingly restored 1923 Pink Castle will be the setting for the Trust’s 36th annual Preservation Gala, where guests will escape into elegance at the Venetian Carnival-themed event. Designed by the noted architecture firm of Hentz, Reid & Adler, the home was built on 100 acres on West Paces Ferry Road in the Italian baroque style reminiscent of villas in Northern Italy. The uniquely detailed house features 12,000 square feet, a breathtaking Allyn Cox mural, Italian tile roof and impressive baroque style gardens.

In its nearly 100-year history, the home has been owned by only three families: the Calhouns, Thornwells, and now, Melanie Turner and Stan Benecki, who have meticulously restored it to its former grandeur.

During the event, guests are free to wander the property, exploring the home’s gracious main floor interior spaces and impressive outdoor areas.

Small plate stations will feature an array of fine Italian fare, and several bars will offer your choice of libation, including the evening’s signature cocktail. Live music will fill the air and revelers will dance the evening away at the magnificent estate.

Barbara and Les Callahan, Atlanta
Jerry Lominack, Savannah
Melanie Turner and Stan Benecki, Atlanta

Gala Chairs:
Juliet and John Allan, Atlanta

John and Juliet Allan, Preservation Gala Event Chairs

About the Preservation Gala

The Georgia Trust’s annual Preservation Gala is a night of lively entertainment and culinary delights from Atlanta’s top caterers. Attendees enjoy fine cuisine, cocktails and music. Dress is cocktail attire.

The Georgia Trust first held a Preservation Ball in 1984 and since then it has been staged at several different venues, including the Georgia State Capitol, the Georgian Terrace Hotel, the Biltmore Ballrooms and Ivy Hall.

Image at top by Sara Hanna, Simply Buckhead

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