New owners love museum-like features in historic Roswell home


Longtime Roswell residents Glenda and Greg Weaver already loved the city’s historic district. Then, when builder FrontDoor Communities renovated and modernized a 19th-century home just off Roswell’s Canton Street, they decided to move there.

The Weavers are the fourth family to own the Goulding House. The couple waited more than three years to buy the home, which was built for Francis Robert Goulding, an author, inventor and minister, and is on the property that FrontDoor purchased for its new Goulding community.

While the home is a private residence, it’s the focal point of the neighborhood and has attracted people who expect it to be open to the public. For a weekend this fall, the Weavers obliged, opening their home, with its original fireplaces and secret compartments, to tours as part of the Roswell Historical Society’s annual Tour of Homes.

“We love history. We love old homes,” Glenda said. “I knew when I walked in the front door. It’s a special space back here.”

Snapshot

Residents: Greg and Glenda Weaver and their children, Connor, 20, and Owen, 17, and Australian cattle dog, Diamond. Greg is a sales executive for SAP Americas.

Location: Roswell’s Goulding neighborhood

Size: About 6,600 square feet, five bedrooms, five baths

Built/bought: 1840s/2016

Architectural style: Brick Colonial

Renovations: Recently, FrontDoor Communities updated the home, including the bathrooms, and added a kitchen and two-car garage. They sanded and stained the heart pine floors. The Weavers converted the original kitchen into a wine room.

Favorite architectural elements: Eight original fireplaces, plastered walls and three layers of brick. “The original fireplace and slanted hardwood floors heading to the master bathroom give it wonderful charm you wouldn’t see in a newly constructed home,” Glenda said.

Interior design style: Traditional

Favorite outdoor feature: The home was built on a knoll with the back porch facing west. Many people believe it sits at one of the highest points in the city, and there’s amazing views of Roswell and the sunset, Glenda said.

Resources: Furniture from European Antique Pine Warehouse, RH, Havertys, Pottery Barn, 9 Design, Scott Antique Market and Grandin Road, and manufacturers such as Henredon, Lexington and Ferguson-Copeland. Accessories from Ballard Designs and Lakewood 400 Antiques. Lighting from Zeugma Import. Rugs from Loloi.


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