The Ross Crane House
The current home of Georgia Beta was built in 1842 as a showplace for a prominent architect-builder, Colonel Ross Crane. The home is considered one of three perfect examples of southern architecture in America. Further, the Ross Crane House was listed on the prestigious Historic American Building Survey conducted in 1936 and is currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The house is a magnificent two storied structure with soaring white columns and a massive square tapered portico commanding a place of strategic importance to the vista of downtown Athens. Included in this vista are the grounds of 247 Pulaski Street where some of Northeast Georgia’s oldest magnolias and boxwoods continue to thrive.
In the fall of 2008, a major restoration project was completed on the Ross Crane home to preserve the integrity of the extraordinary experience that has been, and will continue to be Georgia Beta of SAE.