CANCELLED: Preservation Gala
Escape into Elegance: A Venetian Carnival
March 14, 2020
The Pink Castle
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!
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
Barbara and Les Callahan, Atlanta
Jerry Lominack, Savannah
Melanie Turner and Stan Benecki, Atlanta
Juliet and John Allan, Atlanta
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.
Be prepared to see many elaborate masks at this year’s Preservation Gala. Guests will escape into elegance at the Venetian Carnival-themed event.
Although the original reason for wearing masks in Venice is unclear, the Venetian Carnival itself dates to 1162 when the Republic of Venice won a battle against the Patriarch of Aquileia. The annual celebration continued for hundreds of years until it was outlawed by the Austrian government (which then ruled Venice) in 1797, at which point mask-wearing became a restricted practice. It wasn’t until 1979 that the Venetian Carnival was revived by the Italian government, and today, revelers parade the streets and canals in extravagant costumes and masks, continuing a centuries-old tradition.
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.
This event is held rain or shine and tickets are non-refundable.
Image at top by Sara Hanna, Simply Buckhead