Greenville Street home to make its debut tonight


North-Rosenzweig-McCondichie home, 141 Greenville St.    

Tour benefits healing garden at Piedmont Hospital Piedmont Newnan Hospital Auxiliary presents its 26th Candlelight Tour of Homes tonight from 4-9 p.m., highlighting five homes in the historic Greenville-LaGrange district in Newnan.

Proceeds from the event will be directed toward a $150,000 pledge for the establishment of a healing garden at Piedmont Newnan Hospital on Poplar Road. This unique garden and water feature will be located to the right of the hospital’s front entrance with views from the chapel. It will serve as a refuge of beauty, peace, and serenity for the community, patients, and staff, said auxiliary members.

Among the homes featured will be the grand North-Rosenzweig-McCondichie home, 141 Greenville St.

Railroads brought the large, ornate homes on Greenville Street to Newnan and earned Newnan its reputation as the “City of Homes.”

Thomas Griffin purchased the lot on Greenville Street as a wedding gift for his daughter Sarah. Her husband, Harrison Sargent, established an extensive textile mill outside of Newnan. In 1852, they built a one-and-a-half-story Greek Revival home in which they lived until selling it in 1864.

During this Reconstruction period after the Civil War, Dr. A.B. Calhoun performed the first cataract surgery in Coweta County on a piano in the ladies parlor. His request to the occupying Union troops who ran the courthouse hospital was denied, forbidding him the use of that facility. (The piano remains in the house!)

The new owner sold it in 1871 to Mrs. Jessie Howell. She wanted it for her three nieces, the McRitchie sisters, so that they could attend school here in Newnan.

Mrs. Howell sold it in 1894 to Dr. A.C. North, a prominent Newnan physician and a Civil War veteran. The North family occupied the home until it was sold again in 1918 — this time to one of Mrs. Howell’s nieces, Mrs. Jean McRitchie Young. A grand transformation then began: the roof was raised, and a soaring two-story portico upheld by Scamozzi-capped columns was erected across the façade. Central heating and indoor plumbing made the home a marvel of its time. In 1983, George and Vinnie Rosenzweig purchased the home, spending five years remodeling it, using original foundation rocks for retaining walls. In 2008, a two-bedroom guest house, a carriage house and eventually an in-ground pool were added, gracing the rear exterior.

Present owners Steve and Donna McCondichie are excited over their renovation of this grand old Greenville Street home. It will make its debut at the 2013 Candlelight Tour of Homes.

They have lovingly restored the home to its original palette, remodeled three bathrooms, and used original doors, baseboards, moldings, and facings throughout. The couple has blended modern conveniences with historical furnishings, many of which have come from the nearby Parrott-Camp-Soucy home; replicating the rich history of this house over its 161 years of service to many families.

Other homes featured on the Dec. 6 tour are: the Reese-Umberger-Wright home at 85 Greenville St., the Cook-Healy home at 84 LaGrange St., the Bryant-Christiansen home at 108 LaGrange St. and the Dent-Mann-Tumperi Home at 103 Greenville St. which is replacing an earlier announced home.

Tickets for the annual event may be purchased at the Piedmont Newnan Fitness Center in downtown Newnan, the Coweta County Visitors Center at the historic courthouse in downtown Newnan, Branch and Vine at Ashley Park, The Poplar Shop at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, Collectors’ Corner on Highway 34 East, Sharpsburg; and the gift shop at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Fayetteville.

Tickets and information, including sponsorship opportunities, are also available from Auxiliary members or by calling the Auxiliary Office at 700-400-2380.

Tickets purchased in advance are $15. On the evening of the event, tickets may be purchased at any of the homes on tour for $20.

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