Gay men’s home part of Buckhead in Bloom

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imageIt’s just not a tour of homes unless there’s at least one gay couple involved.

Owen Halpern and Lawrence Pritchard are readying their 6,000-square-foot home for the 29th annual Buckhead in Bloom, where the 1935 abode will be among eight on the annual home and garden tour. The event runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

“It was just as elegant, beautiful and as livable as you can imagine,” Halpern said of his first impression of the residence designed by the architectural firm Cooper and Cooper. “When you look at some of the monstrosities they build today, where the proportions are so off … this is so much more inviting. A human scale.”

On Sunday, the public will have a chance to tour this and seven other homes on the Atlanta Preservation Center’s 29th annual Buckhead in Bloom home and garden tour. The event includes two homes designed by famed Atlanta architect Neel Reid: the noted Case-Davis estate on Habersham Road, built in 1919 and recognized for its stone eagles perched at the entrance, and the Tompkins House on West Wesley Road, built in the early 1920s.

View the Halpern and Pritchard home in an Atlanta-Journal Constitution photo gallery.

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