“The Dunwoody Farmhouse” aka: The Cheek-Spruill House
5455 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA
Year Built: 1906
Size: 4,369 square feet (two houses joined together)
Style: Farmhouse. Gabled-elf.
Construction: Lath and plaster mixed with horsehair filling, bead board ceilings.
The History of the Cheek-Spruill House:
This two-story home is in the “heart” of Dunwoody and was quite literally the reason behind the formation of the Dunwoody Preservation Trust. The DPT was formed in 1994 with a goal to preserve historic homes in Dunwoody, beginning with this farmhouse.
The house, which is beautifully restored today, had humble beginnings. Originally built as a one story home in 1906 by Mr. Joberry Cheek for his son, Bunyan Cheek, the house sat on 2.5 acres of land in the heart of Dunwoody. At that time, the site included a pasture, cornfield, barn, smokehouse, and a chicken house.
An additional story was added to the home later by literally raising the roof and building upstairs rooms between the roof and the ground floor. The house features six fireplaces.
In 1945, the home was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Carey Spruill. Carey Spruill was an architect and planter and grew corn and other vegetables on the property, selling the goods at a nearby service station. Mr. Spruill died in 1983 and Mrs. Spruill remained in the home until her death in 1994.
The DPT began a campaign to “Save the Farmhouse” shortly after and raised more than $200,000. While impressive, the amount was not enough to purchase the property from the Spruill heirs. Ultimately, the farmhouse was saved when Guardian Savings and Loan, out of Houston, TX, purchased the property in 1998 and donated the home and one half acre of land to the DPT.
A bank and a CVS pharmacy was built around the property and the DPT began the process of restoring the home. Unfortunately, the barn was demolished, but the smokehouse and chicken house were both moved onto the donated acreage.
The house remains in the heart of Dunwoody at the corner of heavily traveled Mt. Vernon and Chamblee Dunwoody Roads. Community events are often held on the grounds of the farmhouse including “Light Up Dunwoody” held each November.