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Buckhead fundraiser aids preservation efforts
by Nicole Dow
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, event co-chair Elizabeth Nadal, honorary chair Beauchamp Carr and co-chair Carey Peard are organizing the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's 30th annual Preservation Gala.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, event co-chair Elizabeth Nadal, honorary chair Beauchamp Carr and co-chair Carey Peard are organizing the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation's 30th annual Preservation Gala.
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To help support its mission to reclaim, restore and revitalize historic places across the state, the Midtown-based Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is hosting its 30th annual Preservation Gala March 14.

The celebration, which will include cocktails, food, live entertainment and dancing, will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Patterson-Carr House, a 1939-built private estate in Buckhead.

“We have [the gala] at a different historic site each year,” said Traci Clark, the nonprofit’s spokeswoman. “We chose this house for several reasons. It’s an unusual [Philip] Shutze design in that it’s a late work and a particularly charming one. The house seems intimate and cottage-like, but it is actually quite sizeable. Also, the grounds are extraordinary, with numerous courtyards, lovely plantings and several outbuildings. Finally, the homeowners have been wonderfully generous, allowing us to stage the party in and around their home.”

She said the home’s previous owner, Anne Carr, was responsible for most of the gardens surrounding the house and the current owners have beautifully maintained the property.

Gala co-chair Carey Peard said guests will be open to tour the home and the gardens. The theme of the evening will be “Garden and Fun” to reflect that particular feature of the estate.

“This is a great opportunity for people to come out and have a great time and see what [the trust is] all about and visit a property that’s historic and has been updated for current times,” Peard said.

She is chairing the event along with her husband Bill Peard and another couple, Elizabeth and Mike Nadal. This year’s honorary chair is Anne Carr’s son, Beauchamp Carr, who grew up in the Patterson-Carr House.

“Beauchamp was one of the people that was so important to saving the Fox [Theatre in the 1970s] and was one of the people that started the preservation movement in Atlanta,” Peard said.

The proceeds from the gala will benefit the organization’s many preservation activities.

“We work with communities and homeowners around the state to help revitalize and preserve their historic properties,” Clark said. “We also have a revolving fund where we help owners of historic properties find buyers that will rehab their historic properties.”

In addition, the nonprofit publishes an annual Places in Peril list of the 10 most endangered historic properties in Georgia and helps their owners use proven preservation methods to save them, she said.

If you go:
What: Preservation Gala
When: March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Patterson-Carr House in Buckhead (address will be given to ticket holders)
Cost: $150 for members, $175 for non-members and $100 for guests under 40
Information: (404) 885-7812



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