The Hendren-Emily House, circa 1913, designed by renowned Athens Architect Fred Orr; the original signed drawings remain with the house today. Located on the park in Bloomfield Historic District, the exterior exemplifies the Tudor Revival style with steeply pitched front gable, decorative half timbering and multi-pane windows. The interior is classic Craftsman style with wood finishes, built in shelves and cabinetry, fixtures, and fireplaces.
The recessed rocking chair front porch features a stately front door with flanking sidelights which leads into this welcoming home with 10 foot ceilings and original pine flooring; the rich details combine textures, patterns, and materials. The central living room offers views of the extensive gardens through a multitude of picturesque casement and picture windows. The den/office has heated tile floors, plantation blinds, and walls of windows. The library features floor to ceiling built-in shelves and opens to the back garden. The dining and living rooms have gas fireplaces with original mantles and elegant built-ins and cabinetry. The thoughtfully redesigned kitchen features custom heart pine cabinetry, granite countertops, two sinks, island with butcher block top, reclaimed heart pine ceiling, recessed coffee station, and professional grade appliances. The back sunporch, with heated tile floors, picture windows, and french doors, offers unrivaled views of the formal garden and fish pond.
The impressive staircase leads to 3 bedrooms, one formerly was a sleeper porch over looking the back yard. The front bedroom has a gas fireplace, spacious closet, and an incredible view of the park. The master has a gas fireplace, three cedar closets, and multiple casement windows with a sitting area. The bathroom has heated tile floors and a large custom tile shower with multiple shower heads.
Outside is a newer pavilion/carport with cypress tongue and groove ceiling and an unfinished space above that is complete with 100 amp service electrical and windows, and can easily be finished for an additional living space. The landscape includes two water features, formal gardens, multiple sitting areas, a gas fire pit, an irrigation system, and a variety of stunning plants for all seasons.
The historical integrity of this home has been painstakingly preserved while making appropriate updates to bring this home to modern standards. Twice on Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation Tour of Homes and once on the Piedmont Gardener’s Annual Tour.