Atlanta's Colaw House to debut with open house Saturday
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After two years of restoration, Todd Parks is putting the finishing
touches on the Colaw Rooming House in Atlanta. The vintage 1893
Victorian house at 204 NW Vine St. has been restored to resemble the
house as it appeared in the 1940s. It was initially a single-family
home, then converted into a rooming house with art deco touches.
No detail has been overlooked, including the gleaming hardwood
floors, vintage bathroom fixtures and actual 1940s kitchen
appliances. Parks found the stove in Colorado and did a two-day road
trip with his wife to pick it up. The 1940 refrigerator was found in
an Atlanta garage and still works.
The eye-catching exterior
colors will be hard to miss. Parks wanted it to stand out.
As a rooming house, no food will be served. Those spending the
night will receive a certificate for breakfast at the Palms Grill
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The house is being marketed to Route 66 travelers as an overnight
destination. It also may be rented for parties and wedding
receptions. Parks pointed out that even if one person rents only one
of the three bedrooms, no other room will be let for that evening.
This ensures that no one will spend the night in the house with
someone they don't know.
Kayla Craig, Todd's daughter, will manage the house.
The website is
www.thecolawhouse.com, and questions about reservations may be
addressed to Kayla at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 217-671-1219.
[By CURT FOX]