Historical Context

Architectural Description

Sources of Information



Architectural Plans

Hentz, Adler, & Shutze plans for additions and alterations to the house are at the Atlanta History Center (Job #707, 25 sheets). Plans allow reconstruction of the original floor plan of the house.


Biographical Sketches

“Lucian Lamar Knight,” Coleman & Gurr, Dictionary of Georgia Biography (University of Georgia Press, 1983).

Elizabeth Meredith Dowling, American Classicist: The Architecture of Philip Trammell Shutze (Rizzoli, 1989).



Atlanta City Directories, 1910-1921.  Address first appears in 1914 directory (data collected fall of 1913); first numbered 505 Argonne; renumbered 555 Argonne in 1992.


County and Local History:

Cooper, Walter G. Official History of Fulton County. Spartanburg, SC: The Reprint Publishers, 1978 reprint of 1934 edition.

Garrett, Franklin M. Atlanta and Environs: A Chronicle of its People and Events. 2 vols. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1969 reprint of 1954 edition.

Garrett, Franklin.  “Necrology.”  Unpublished MSS at Atlanta History Center.

Knight, Lucian Lamar. A Standard History of Georgia and Georgians. Vol. 4. New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1917. Contains biography of Shelby Smith, pp. 2196-2197.


County Records at Courthouse

Fulton County, GA.  Records of Deeds, Mortgages, and Plats provide chain of title and prove house’s existence in 1913.

Fulton County Deed Book 15059, p. 45.

Fulton County Plat Book 90, p. 47.



The daughter of Shelby Smith was interviewed by the Northside Neighbor in 1989 (see below). Smith’s grand-daughter also provided biographical information to the compiler of this nomination. The Fribergs provided notes from interviews with the daughter of Walter C. Hill, Sr.


Historic Maps and Plats

1913 plat, Fulton County Plat Book 6, p. 46. Shows roads, property boundaries, footprint of house and of servant’s house, but no internal drives or walks.

1927 U. S. G. S. Map. Shows relatively isolated location of house. Modern road system was in place but development was limited west of Habersham.

1968 plat, Fulton County Plat Book 90, p. 47. Shows Argonne Drive, boundaries of 2.07 acre tract, footprint of house, and shaded outline of part of Shutze’s 1933 rear driveway pattern.


Newspapers and Magazines

“Spottswood [sic] Hall Home of Georgia Historian, Is Sold,” Atlanta Constitution, 1930. Recounts sale of house but does not offer any explanation for Knight’s move to Florida.

“Walter C. Hill, Sr. Dies; Retail Credit President,” Atlanta Constitution, 19 October 1962. Lengthy obituary.

“‘Spotswood Hall’ takes Marjorie Bell on a trip down memory lane,” Northside Neighbor, 1989. Marjorie Bell was the original owner’s daughter and lived in the house as a child.

“Sitting Room Kitchens,” Kitchen and Bath,, July 1990, pp. 28-31. Shows kitchen remodeling of 1989 but offers little information on the building’s evolution.

Norris Broyles, “‘Atlanta’s Monticello’ Graces Argonne Drive,” Atlanta 30305, January 1997. Some inaccuracies.


Historic Photographs

“Spotswood Hall,” c. 1925, Atlanta History Center photograph #3890.

“Spotswood Hall”, c. 1929, photographed prior to Shutze remodeling and featured in Annie Hornady Howard, Georgia Homes and Landmarks (1929), pp. 136-137.

Three interior photographs, c. 1950. Reprints of photographs and press release, acquired from Hill descendants by current owner. Taken for Reed & Barton promotion that was photographed at Spotswood Hall.

Exterior photograph, c. 1950. Reprint of photograph acquired from Hill descendants by current owner.



“A. Ten Eyck Brown, A. I. A.,” architectural catalog, 1924.  Copy in Brown file at Historic Preservation Division, Georgia DNR. Does not show Spotswood Hall.

Federal Census, 1850-1930, provided personal details on several of the people associated with the house.