Say the name Neel Reid in Atlanta circles—or at least among people who have a passion for home design—and there will likely be solemn nods of appreciation. Reid was not just an architect, he was the architect in Atlanta, Macon, and other Georgia cities in the early part of the 20th century. Although he died in 1926, the homes he designed—many in Atlanta’s prestigious Buckhead neighborhood—are still coveted and revered for their traditional style, graceful proportions, and classic details. Today’s Southern architects respectfully tread carefully when renovating a Neel Reid home.
In 2006, Nicole and Neil Metzheiser fell in love with a 1918 Reid-designed home in Atlanta and moved in with their three pre-school-age boys. “I grew up in an old house in Michigan, and I’ve always appreciated their charms,” Nicole says. “This house was such a great family home, with a nice flow, great old windows with wavy glass, and wonderful natural light,” she adds.
“We didn’t do a whole lot in the beginning because we wanted to live there first to see what we liked and what needed to be changed,” explains Nicole, who is a professional interior designer.
Photography: Emily Jenkins Followill
Produced by Lisa Mowry
Architect: Tim Adams, T.S. Adams Studio Architects Inc., 2969 Hardman Court N.E., Atlanta, GA 30305-3424; 877/283-3499, tsadamsstudio.com.
Interior design: Nicole Metzheiser, Bella Jupe Designs, email@example.com.
The 1918 Atlanta home with clapboard siding was designed by the late Neel Reid.