Fun-n-Friends is a free event held for foundation members twice a year; once in the spring and once in the fall. We are given a behind-the-scenes tour of a local historic property you might not otherwise get to see and we invite everyone to bring a friend. Guests are encouraged to explore the property and are given details of both the site’s history and any recent renovation work. Become a member of ACHF to be invited to these engaging and informative events!
Fall 2017 Fun-n-Friends to be announced soon!
Past Fun-n-Friends events:
Nantahala Avenue – Fall 2015: Tucked away in the historic Boulevard neighborhood, Chris and Mary Conley’s beautiful home is the perfect mix of in-town living and a quiet mountain retreat. While Jared York was renovating the house, surprises were routine. Above drooping acoustical tiles were twelve-foot ceilings, one with coffers. Buried in plaster were the remains of two fireplaces and a set of massive pocket doors. It seems the structure, moved to its current site in 1963, is formed from the two rear wings of the 1899-built “Prince” Hodgson House that sat at 1001 Prince Avenue and was later the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority house. Great care was taken to salvage the maple and heart-pine floors and wood trim, and to restore as many features as possible including the pocket doors and fireplaces, while constructing an addition echoing the original architectural details.
Meigs Street – Spring 2015: Holly and Grant Whitworth hosted our spring event at their home on Meigs Street. The Whitworths recently completed renovations to the 16-room Victorian home built in the 1880s by the Dozier family. Attendees enjoyed tours highlighting the modern renovations alongside extraordinary original features such as heart-of-pine floors and the fireplaces with original mantles in every room.
Chatt’s Island – Fall 2014: Irv and Becky Alhadeff’s colonial revival home in Five Points was constructed in 1939-40 for the Michaels family, the same family that owned the Michaels Bros. Building downtown. No strangers to renovations of other historic properties, the Alhadeffs embarked on an extensive rehabilitation of the house in 2013. Details like the cabinetry in the butler’s pantry, original blueprints of the house, cornice-boards in the master bedroom windows, a love seat, dining room curtains, and the buttons and wiring for the servants’ call system were still in place and carefully refurbished by the Alhadeffs.
Creature Comforts Brewery – Spring 2014: Located in the old Snow Tire building at 271 W. Hancock Ave., the owners of this exciting new addition to downtown gave us an insider’s look into their craft brews and the thoughtful, but extensive work that went into rehabilitating this former 1940 car dealership. With the help of Oneta Woodworks, CCB was reused all of the wood from the original drop ceiling to build out interior walls to provide more space for their operation. Original signage and doors found in the attic were refurbished for current use also.
Oneta Woodworks – Fall 2013: Working in tandem with the Piedmont Bureau of Reclamation, Oneta reclaims millwork from demolished historic sites and re-purposes it into furnishings for some of our favorite spaces around Athens. Owner Zack Brendel lead us on a tour of their site, a historic farm on Danielsville Road, while discussing the benefits and challenges of reclamation work.