In an upscale neighborhood in Atlanta, a man named Ruben Jones recently purchased the “Henry B. Tompkins House” (asking price $2 million) and among the renovations, he painted his 1922 Georgian Revival home. No problem, right? Except that he painted it ORANGE . . . a far cry from the original GRAY stucco, which, for 88 years, had mimicked an aged graystone mansion.
The historic property is located in a swanky historic neighborhood, home to high-profile attorneys and even an Archbishop. Needless to say, after the new orange paint went on, Ruben Jones’s neighbors made no plans to keep up with the Jones. (I know, that was bad). “The neighborhood is in an uproar because it destroys the historic character of the whole block,” said Wright Mitchell, an attorney who lives across the street and happens to be president of the Buckhead Heritage Society.
Besides the fact that Jones’s house in on the National Register of Historic Places (as one of the most complete remaining examples of a Neel Reid-design) and the fact that the orange color is not exactly historically accurate (he claims it mimicks an Italian villa), the house now also sports a BLUE door. Yet it might be a mistake to assume that Ruben Jones is an old guy with a lot of money and not a lot of taste. As Bill Torpy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted:
“One could argue Ruben Jones has impeccable taste. Once the owner of a high-end Buckhead antiques shop, he has spent the past year virtually rebuilding the home, which had fallen into disrepair. Interior walls have been painted with rich colors. Floor-to-ceiling pine bookshelves once coated with pink and green paint have been restored to their original wood finish. The rooms are adorned with 200-year-old Federal Period furniture and oil paintings. The decorating is all him, no outside designers.”