Rhodes Hall is a glamorous turn-of-the-century home and Atlanta landmark that has since been converted into a museum and wedding venue. Learn more about visiting this “Castle on Peachtree” here.
Rhodes Hall History
Rhodes Hall, commonly called “the Castle on Peachtree,” was built in 1904 as the home of Rhodes Furniture founder Amos Rhodes. Today, it serves as a house museum and an event venue, perfect for weddings. The upper level of the castle also serves as the headquarters for The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.
The granite castle, which Amos and his wife Amanda called “Le Reve” or “the Dream,” was probably inspired by the couple’s travels through the German Rhineland in the 1890s. The completed Romanesque Revival castle cost $50,000.
After their death, the Rhodes’ children deeded the home to the State of Georgia. They stipulated that the house was to be used only for historical purposes. The house served as the State Archives from 1930 to 1965. The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation then took ownership of the home in 1983
Getting to Rhodes Hall
Rhodes Hall has free parking is available behind the building at 1495 Spring Street. If you’ve ever tried parking in Atlanta, you’ll know how big of a deal free parking is! From there, you’ll just cross the street and enter the castle property through a gate and a few steps. You can then walk around to the front porch to enter the building.
Touring Rhodes Hall
When you enter from the large front porch, you’ll step into a fashionable Victorian home. This is one of the finest examples of intact Victorian interiors in Atlanta. You’re greeted by ornate woodwork, murals, intricate parquet floors, and colorful mosaics in nearly every room. The main highlight of the home is a series of painted glass windows above a Honduran carved mahogany grand staircase.
This state-of-the-art home was even wired for electricity when it was built. The home has over 300 light bulbs, electric call buttons in every room, and a security system.
The main floor contains the impressive foyer, a parlor, a dining room, a living room, and a back living room. If you take a behind-the-scenes tour or tour the castle for an event venue, you can see the bridal suite upstairs and the groom’s suite downstairs. During weddings, the couple even has the chance to go up to the top of the tower for photos.
Visiting Rhodes Hall
Rhodes Hall is currently closed for historical tours until further notice. Rental tours are by appointment only.
Rhodes Hall is open for self-guided historical tours on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tours cost $5 for adults, $3 for students, and free for children 12 and under. Admission is also free for Georgia Trust and National Trust members.
Why does this castle count? While not a traditional castle, this Castle on Peachtree draws plenty of elements from European castles, such as towers, turrets, and battlements.
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