Thomasville, Georgia – The Joe Beutell House in Thomasville, built in 1930, has an interesting history. Built by a noted local contractor, then home to a Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, this impressive Tudor home has seen a lot of history.
Joe Beutell was a local contractor who built some significant buildings in Thomasville. He built this home for his family and lived here for about 10 years. His brother, an Atlanta architect, designed this large family home. Some other buildings that Joe built around the area:
- First Baptist Church of Thomasville – 1928
- Gordon Avenue Apartments – 1929
- Birdwood Mansion – 1933 – this is now part of Thomas University. It was a winter home to a former Governor General of the Philippines, and Ambassador to Japan.
- Box Hall Plantation – 1931
Justice Reason C Bell bought the Joe Beutell House in 1940. Justice Bell entered into politics in order to overcome shyness by becoming Solicitor General in Albany. Later, he lived here while serving as Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court. The Bell family owned this home until 1972.
The Joe Beutell House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. One thing that made this house unique – at the time this was built, many of the large homes around Thomasville were built as winter resort homes for Northern families. Beutell was a local, and interestingly this house was completed during the Great Depression.
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