- Broke ground on May 22, 1948
- $100,000 donation from an anonymous GT alumnus
- Home of the GT president and his family
Designed by Ella Van Leer with the firm Toombs & Creighton, the President’s House broke ground on May 22, 1948. Most of the funding came from a $100,000 donation from an anonymous Georgia Tech alumnus, although other alumni and faculty made monetary gifts to build two proticos, plant shrubbery, and decorate with china and linens. Located on 10th street behind Georgia Tech’s Tennis facilities, the house reflects antebellum style architecture.
According to the AJC, a house on that same spot was a confederate outpost during the Civil War. The President’s House’s participation in the Civil Way gives it a fascinating and mysterious history. A civil war article states “During the War Between the States the house was captured, torn down and the lumber used by the Federal troops to build a hospital just north of the site. Solomon Landis returned during the Reconstruction days and built a second house for his family.” Ella Van Leer a Gone With the Wind-like version of the story, says the state treasurer buried the Federal force’s treasure. Despite the legends, it has housed Georgia Tech presidents and their families since it has been rebuilt. The current residents are President George P. "Bud" Peterson and his wife, Mrs. Val Peterson.