889 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307   •   Email: info@kingkeith.com  •   Local: (404)688.7330
       

The King-Keith House was built circa 1890 by George E. King, the local hardware magnate and owner of Atlanta's King Hardware. He and his large family, including six daughters, lived in Inman Park during it's prime. Mr. King showed neither stint nor restraint when he built his Victorian showpiece, even though he was a frugal man, saying "I always have wanted to gamble but have never bet a penny." His daughter, Mary Hart, recalls "No one ever had a finer stove than we did, because father was in the hardware business."

When the neighborhood began to decline in 1910, he sold the house to his loyal employee, Benjamin O. Fussell. His family enjoyed the waning elegance of the old house. On Saturday evenings, the family rolled up the rugs, sprinkled wax on the floors, and danced the waltz, the fox trot, and the two-step. The Fussells lived in Inman Park through the hard times in the neighborhood and the Depression until Mr. & Mrs. Fussell passed away in the fifties.

After their deaths, Ms. Myrtle Meltzer bought the house at 889 Edgewood and turned George King's former showcase into a boarding house. She advertised at the local bus depot and installed a payphone on the front porch. Many of the homes in Inman Park were broken up into multi-family apartments. The house suffered in decline until the early 1970s, when a group of young Atlantans rediscovered the quality old homes and shaded streets. A fire that damaged much of the house ended its days as a boarding house. The King-Keith House began its restoration along with the neighborhood.

Walking along the picturesque, landscaped streets of Inman Park is like stepping back in time. Close you eyes, and when you open them again, you will find yourself in the late 19th century, surrounded by High Victorian Queen Anne, late Victorian Colonial, and Classic Revival style homes. It is the only Atlanta neighborhood where enough buildings of this romantic era remain together to give a distinct character to an entire residential area.
- Atlanta Urban Design Commission

Developed by Joel Hurt, one of the city's most important early builders, Inman Park was Atlanta's first planned, residential suburb, dating to 1889. It is significant because it provides an Atlanta example of the typical late 19th century picturesque suburb patterned after Frederick Law Olmstead's influential Riverside area outside Chicago.

Many of Atlanta's most prominent families and community leaders made their homes in Inman Park. In addition to Hurt and George King, Asa G. Candler, founder of the Coca-Cola Company; Wilbur Fiske Glenn, an influential Methodist minister; Robert Winship, founder of Winship Machine Company; and Ernest Woodruff, financier and officer of the Coca-Cola Company (and "Atlanta's Anonymous Donor") all lived in Inman Park.

Today, Inman Park is once again housing some of Atlanta's leaders, including Mayors, State Senators and city council representative. The King-Keith House hosts all kinds of visitor's to Atlanta who are looking to stay in a Historic District. From business travellers to honeymooners, touring musicians to relatives from out-of-town, the King-Keith House is a welcoming beacon in the city. The house keeps Atlanta's history alive and well.


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1890 King-Keith House Bed and Breakfast
889 Edgewood Avenue NE | Atlanta, GA 30307
Phone: (404) 688-7330 | Email: info@kingkeith.com