Guest Cottage Fundraiser

Saving the Donaldson-Bannister Farm’s Guest Cottage with the help of an anonymous donor, and a matching funds pledge. . .

The Guest Cottage is now our focus, in hopes of rescuing it from the effects of the elements and the lack of attention for so many years.

Dunwoody Preservation Trust, in partnership with the City of Dunwoody, is making great progress on the rehabilitation of the structures on the Donaldson-Bannister property.  The Main House has been stabilized, windows have been replaced and interior improvements are underway.  The new Barn addition containing public ADA bathrooms, a multi-purpose room and an outdoor paved terrace has been completed and looks amazing.

The only historic building remaining to be restored is the Guest Cottage.  Located behind the Main House, the modest structure was built by Mrs. Lois Patillo Bannister in the early 1930s, and was used as a guesthouse.  Time and neglect have taken their toll, and the cottage desperately needs stabilization and renovation.  Funds are currently being raised, and plans are being finalized for the work necessary to return the Guest Cottage to an active role at the Donaldson-Bannister House and Gardens.

Luckily, an anonymous donor has come forth with an offer that can help fund its estimated $225,000 restoration. If DPT can raise $50,000, our anonymous donor has pledged to match it.

“This generous offer is from someone who loves Dunwoody and understands how preserving its history connects us all,” according to Jim Williams, President of DPT.  All we need now are people to join us and can help to preserve another piece of Dunwoody history.   We have seen what the community can accomplish by working together on a common goal, and with this matching pledge, we hope to save another historical building we all love. Please join us and donate to help us reach our $50,000 matching goal.”

Please view the video “Saving the Guest Cottage”  below, and click the Donate button above to contribute!

Or click here for more information about how to Become a Donor and join us in the Guest Cottage Fundraiser.