BY Phil Hudson

The home at 109 Goulding Place was built more than 150 years ago for the author, clergyman and inventor Francis Robert Goulding.
The son of the Rev. Thomas Goulding, founder and first president of the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Columbia, S.C., Francis Goulding lived in the home until his death on Aug. 22, 1861.

Goulding graduated from The University of Georgia in 1830 and was licensed to preach in 1833. He was best known as the author of the popular juvenile novel “The Young Marooners.”
The 6,983-square-foot historic home, which has had three owners since Goulding’s death, sits on 16 acres and was built in 1857. The home has five bedrooms, five full baths and one half-bath and features a bonus room, a library/office, a recreation room, a separate living room, a sunroom and a guest house.

Peter and Allison Kloster, of The Kloster Group at Harry Norman Realtors, along with the Roswell Home Team of Harry Norman Realtors’ North Fulton office, a partnership of Anne Chamberlin, Tricia Frame and Laura Hamling, were the agents involved in the sale of the estate, which is located just off Canton Street in historic downtown Roswell.
Hamling said she finds the Goulding mansion to be reflective of the reverent temperament of the Goulding father and son.

“While the mansion is much larger than the typical homes of the mill workers of that era, the fact that it was made of brick when most of the other mansions in the area were made of wood in a colonial style, speaks to the practical side of the Presbyterian minister,” she said. “The Gouldings obviously wanted a sturdy and beautiful home for a family, and also a home where parishioners would be welcome for Sunday afternoon tea without being overwhelmed by a display of the owner’s wealth and extravagance. Goulding is a rare combination of simple and yet very elegant architecture.”

The estate was purchased by the Atlanta-based real estate management and development company FrontDoor Communities from Bill and Ann Miller.
FrontDoor Communities plans to add upscale single family homes and townhomes to the property. The development will not only preserve the existing Goulding home but also enhance it by designing the street layout with the home in a very prominent location within the community, the company said in a statement.

“FrontDoor Communities will have a mixture of both single-family detached homes and townhomes available for sale in mid-2015,” Eric White, division vice president of FrontDoor Atlanta, said in a statement.

The townhomes will be sold in the $600,000 to $700,000 range while the single-family detached homes will sell in the $800,000 to $1 million range, according to the statement.
The proposed homes were designed by architect David Grace of Norcross-based A Classical Studio, which evolved from the merger of Wakefield ¬Beasley & Associates Architects Inc. and Grace, ¬formerly with Bryan, Grace & Contreras.

This article originally appeared in the 12/15 edition of the Atlanta Business Chronicle


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