Roswell mill gets third incarnation

By Joan Durbin

North Fulton Neighbor Staff Writer

The spirits of those who worked in the old Roswell mill are making room for new occupants in their former living quarters.

A trio of young Atlanta-based developers, in collaboration with a renowned local designer and town planner Lew Oliver, have transformed 166-year-old apartment-style housing for the mill workers into The Bricks, a cluster of nine stylish row homes with a historically relevant sensibility.

The three-level row homes are a blend of restored and redeveloped units and new construction that mimics the original. Located at 65 Sloan Street, they are east of Atlanta Street but still in the heart of Roswell's historic district.

"It's a prime location, so close to the Town Square and Canton Street, but also tucked away in a more private area," said Wayne Chappell, one of the three partners in Macallan Group, The Bricks' developer.

For many years prior to its sale to Macallan, the buildings were home to the Founders Club, owned and operated by Karl Bogner. When he decided to sell, he was referred by a friend to the Macallan partners. Their company's focus was the restoration of privately-owned homes.

"The opportunity just fell in our laps, but everything about it felt right," Macallan said.

The partners closed on the property in December 2004, went through six months of permitting and development review, and broke ground for the $5 million project in June 2005.

Five of the nine units, which range from 1,700 to 3,500 square feet and price from $375,000 to $700,000 have been sold. One was bought by Oliver.

The interiors were a bit of a challenge, he said.

The original workers' quarters "had been cut up so many times over the years. At one time buildings had been a hospital for Union soldiers and a library," Oliver said.

"What we did brought back a little purity. We took out all those accumulations, took it to the exposed brick and used a lot of recycled materials such as old tin roof shingles and the old heart of pine floors for the doors."