2022 West Paces Ferry Road
Job #312, Riverly, built for A. Rhodes Perdue in 1935. This
was the second home Ivey & Crook designed and built for their
college friend: they were also responsible for 27
West Andrews, as well as many Rhode's Furniture stores.
The white-columned mansion sits
on an estate that borders the Chatahoochee River, at the very end of West
Paces Ferry Road, what was then Dorsey Road, named for resident former
Georgia Governor Hugh Dorsey. The rows
of large magnolia trees that flank the drive leading up to the home
were planted by Mrs. Perdue, and they prevent any view of the house from
the road. It is believed that the original wing of Riverly
was designed by Neel Reid.
The house is now owned by Dan and Charlotte Garson, who purchased it
in 1955, three years after Mr. Perdue's death. Mr. Garson is Chairman
and CEO of the company his father founded, The Lovable Company,
one of the world's largest and oldest independent bra manufacturers, and
proud sponsor of NASCAR driver, Tammy
Jo Kirk. I like their slogan: Burn rubber -- not bras.
Much thanks to Jan Chase, A. Rhodes Perdue's daughter, for graciously
allowing me to publish these photographs. Her brother, Rhodes, and
his wife were also helpful, as was their son, David.
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