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The Marietta Pilgrimage
A Christmas Home Tour through Marietta, Georgia

Setter's Run, c. 1934

134 Frances Avenue

 

Setter's RunBuilt by Ralph and Helen Benson, this charming cottage sits on two lots from the original Ivy Grove property. Subsequent owners include the Colquitts, Williams and Turners. Purchased in 1997 by Robert and Claudia Worley, fine elements of the original design became the inspiration for a complete renovation to create a modern house with a 1930s feel.

 

The integrity of the architectural and construction details will amaze. The house now features a dramatic series of concentric arches that form the center of the cross layout on the main floor. Restoration of the original hardwood floors, doors, doorknobs and phone nook plus the installation of custom mahogany cabinets have all added additional warmth. There's even a dedicated family gallery that dates to the 1830s.

 

The property is now a wonderful home for entertaining full of the owners' heirloom antiques and peppered with hidden porches, gardens, and a courtyard. With its Charleston style lot layout this "tiny looking cottage" meanders to some 6,000 square feet. It has been said this house's nooks and crannies have nooks and crannies, including a secluded carriage house built to match the main house.