|Margaret (Peggy) Mitchell and Vivien Leigh at roughly the same age.|
|The Crescent Street entrance to the Mitchell House|
Museum. The porch is somewhat problematical
in design. This was once the rear of the house.
|The living room where the first draft of Gone with the Wind was written using |
the small portable typewriter on the left.
|Peggy Mitchell Marsh following the|
publication of GWTW in 1936.
|The Peachtree Street front as seen today--probably more Neo-Classical |
than when John and Peggy Marsh lived there.
|The rear of the Margaret Mitchell house as|
seen around 1977 before restoration.
While they lived at the Crescent Apartments, the Marshes referred to the place as "the dump." They moved on to a larger apartment a few blocks away in 1932. During the Depression years that followed, the place became even more of a dump. Though it continued to attract tenants until after WW II, the house became little more than a tenement slum, seldom more than a few months away from a date with a wrecking ball as the property changed hands numerous times, various owners went bankrupt, and the land upon which it sat grew in value almost daily. A fire in the 1980s further damaged the building which by then was starting to be seen as an historic structure. Renovation began in 1994. A short time later an arsonist struck, destroying much of the upper levels of the building but doing only minor damage to the Mitchell/Marsh apartment. Still, the house was just days short of demolition.
|The Mitchell House (Crescent Apartments) after the devastating 1994 fire.|
|The cast: Scarlett, Rhett, Ashley, and Melanie,|
portraits from the Atlanta premier.
|Selznick International's conceptual drawing of Tara. Margaret Mitchell was upset |
when she saw that, against her wishes, square columns had been added to the O'Hara home.
|Scarlett O'Hara, 1939,|
|Margaret Mitchell Marsh|
|A William Cameron Menzies|
storyboard painting suggesting
the battle scarred devastation at Tara.
|I think Rhett Butler would have looked good with a full beard and bald head.|