Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
The Callanwolde Gallery is located in the Petite Hall, on the second floor of the Callanwolde mansion. The Gallery presents one-person exhibits by local artists in varied media, with a special emphasis on emerging talent. Approximately six different artists are exhibited each year with each exhibit lasting six weeks. A free public reception celebrating each new exhibition is held on opening night of the exhibit.
Callanwolde, the magnificent Gothic-Tudor style home of the Charles Howard Candler family, was completed in 1920. Howard Candler, the oldest son of Asa Candler (founder of the Coca-Cola Company), was the President of Coca-Cola from 1916 to 1923. Callanwolde remained the Candlers' home for 39 years.
The estate is located in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta, which was planned by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Central Park in New York City. Of the estate's original 27 acres, approximately 12 remain intact. The grounds, which consist of sculptured lawns, formal gardens, nature trails and a rock garden, have been partially restored by the DeKalb County Federation of Garden Clubs, and are maintained by DeKalb County.
Designed by Henry Hornbostel, who also designed Emory University, Callanwolde's plan is one of openness. Most rooms adjoin the great halls located on each floor, and the entire 27,000 square foot mansion is centered around a large, courtyard that has recently been enclosed. The attention to fine detail is evident in the excellent craftsmanship of the walnut paneling, stained glass, bronze balustrades, the artistry of the delicate ceiling and fireplace reliefs, and the pierced tracery concealing the Aeolian organ chambers.
On the second floor, The Grand Staircase opens onto the Petite Hall, which is located directly above the ground floor's Great Hall. This large open hall space (59' by 30') was one of the Candler Family's favorite rooms. It now houses The Callanwolde Art Gallery, which features rotating exhibitions of local artists throughout the year. Before the courtyard was enclosed, a wide balcony topped the ground-level arcade, overlooking the garden below. Double doors from the Petite Hall opened to the balcony. The addition of the enclosed courtyard in the early 1980's sacrificed the balcony, as well as the garden views of the inward-facing rooms of the second floor.
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