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The Historic Reed House

When Raymond Reed, an influential Georgia State and long-time attorney died, the City of Smyrna purchased this unique  house and property. Ideally located in the downtown area, the house was renovated into an event center for the city. Built in 1915, the house was  designed by Georgia's first female architect Leila Ross Wilburn who has several homes on the National Register of Historic Places
  Peachtree Construction Services was selected as CMAR and General Contractor for the adaptive re-use of this 4,990 square foot residence into an event venue.

 Turning the home into a public space required becoming compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA) and meeting commercial building codes.

The project entailed the complete removal of all of the structure's electrical, plumbing and mechanical systems and replacing with all new and upgraded systems and equipment. Interior walls were demolished to walls to reconfigure space for its new role. An elevator for handicapped access to the second floor was installed and handicapped accessible restrooms on both floors.  All downstairs living areas had oak wainscotting with curved plaster walls and ceiling. Those rooms were replastered and restored to their original state.The original oak and heart pine floors were repaired and refinished. Two original built in butler's pantries were relocated and retrofitted in the library and bride's room. The original period door hardware was intact and retrofitted with levers for ADA compliance. Much of the original lighting was reused and original old doors were reincorporated into the renovation.