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The Marietta Pilgrimage
A Christmas Home Tour through Marietta, Georgia

The Barnes House, c. 2008

Whitlock Ave

 

The Barnes House Photo

Photography Courtesy of Lambs and Ivy Designs

This modern folk Victorian home was constructed for former Governor Roy Barnes and his wife Marie in 2008. An excellent example of responsible infill, the home was designed to blend harmoniously with nearby homes in the historic Whitlock Avenue area. The exterior of the home features decorative shingle siding and corbels, louvered shutters, a turret, bay window and spacious front porch. Inside, reclaimed paneling salvaged from Mrs. Barnes’ childhood home gives a downstairs bedroom more historic charm. Tour goers will be especially interested in seeing Governor Barnes’ personal study, which can be accessed through a hidden door in the master bathroom. One-of-a-kind artworks, portraits and furnishings from Mr. Barnes’ time in office can be seen throughout the house, as well as Mrs. Barnes’ extensive collection of nativities, including a hand-carved nativity from Africa.

 

Mrs. Barnes lovingly decorates her whole house with beautiful Christmas decorations for her grandchildren to enjoy. From the front yard to the basement to the guest bedrooms, her decorations will take your breath away.

 

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