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The Marietta Pilgrimage
A Christmas Home Tour through Marietta, Georgia

The Reece-Wade-Sanstead House, c. 1940

400 Church Street


The Reece-Wade-Sanstead House

This cottage style home was built in 1940 by Loomis Reece, the main marble carver for the McNeel Marble Company. Interestingly, there is no marble in the home. Mr. Reece, a single man, willed the house to be sold, upon his death to the highest bidder. An attorney, Claud Hicks purchased the home, held it for nine months and sold it to Harry and Mildred Wade. The Wades lived in the home for over 30 years. Mr. Wade died in 1986, Mrs. Wade in 1999, and their children sold the home that same year. There were a few successive owners, who owned the property for short intervals.


Bob and Katie Sanstead purchased the cottage in 2009. They moved from Tampa, Florida, where they had lived for 40 years. Having renovated several historic homes in Tampa, they fell in love with historic Marietta.


Original features of the home include hardwood floors, built-in cabinets in the living and dining room, copper flashing on the exterior doors and a telephone stand. In 1975, the back porch was enclosed and converted into a sunroom. The Sansteads updated the house and refinished the attic in 2009.


The furnishings in the house are a juxtaposition of old and new – contemporary with antique finds in a cottage setting. This charming home has been featured on HGTV. You'll notice items throughout the house collected on the Sanstead's travels. Of special note is their tribute to their parents military service.


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