A former Fading Five, this house has been lovingly restored by Ryan and Ashley Griffin. HMF is excited to host the first public event in this historic home on Oglethorpe Street for our Design • Wine • Dine summer series. Featuring outdoor décor, we will be sharing tips to design your outdoor space in a creative way. The evening will also feature local musicians, fresh, summer eats by GROW, and a house tour.
Thomas Jefferson Ware built the house at 1107 Oglethorpe Street, which still sits on a prominent corner of the Beall’s Hill neighborhood, around 1880. Ware was a city alderman and eventually commissioner of public works, as well as owning a local grocery store just blocks away from his house. Playing a prominent role in Macon’s political and social life, Ware lived in this house until 1917, when he moved to Atlanta. Upon his death two years later, his son-in-law Benjamin F. Sutton bought out Ware’s other descendants to own the house outright, though it was Sylvanus Prince, another of Ware’s sons-in-law, who actually called this place home.
1107 Oglethorpe Street stands out in the Beall’s Hill neighborhood, not just because of its prominent location or larger size but also for its Queen Anne style architecture with free classic details. The house has a classically Victorian irregular shape, with steeply pitched gables featuring diamond-shaped louvered vents. Beneath the eaves, the structure still retains elaborate decorative braces and dentils, details that are characteristic of its style and subtype. Everything from the wrap-around porch to the original double-hung sash windows still present reminds those who gaze upon this property today that the family who built this house did so with care and great pride in their city.
Click here to purchase your tickets today. All proceeds from this event go to Historic Macon Foundation.