By ALEX WALKERThe Associated PressA historic home in Atlanta that is part of a collection of historic Atlanta items is on the market for $4.5 million, the highest price ever paid for a home in the city, the owner said.
The Georgia Historical Association says the property is located on a parcel of land owned by the Georgia Historical Society, which was founded in 1858 and is one of the state’s oldest historic preservation organizations.
It’s been vacant for more than 40 years and has no current occupants, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
The owner, William H. Johnson, said he plans to sell the home for a cool $4,500.
The property, in a quiet neighborhood of former railroad tracks, was acquired by the Atlanta Historical Association in 2014 and is the oldest known home owned by a city official.
The home was designed by architect Harry Hopkins in 1868 and has been the home of the city’s first mayor, W.E.B. Du Bois.
The former mayor’s home had been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1978.
Johnson said the home was purchased from the Atlanta History Center in 1992 and was on the national register when he purchased it.
It was purchased by Johnson and his wife, Mary, who owned the house for several years before it was bought by the association.
The couple are now divorced.
The house has two bedrooms, three baths, a private dining room and a fireplace in the front yard, according the association’s website.
The home’s first owner, the late Rev. W.C. Johnson of Atlanta, died in 1904 and his house has been in his family for the past two generations, the website said.
He had several children with his wife.