Here is additional research information:
"I did a little more checking into the sources that our volunteers used to research the Southern Christian Home and the early history of the building in which the home was located is a bit murky. I'm afraid the information we gave you earlier this week is not correct. The history of the Southern Christian Home, written by the Disciples Benevolent Services and available on their website at: http://www.nbacares.org/inasmuch1.pdf
states, "it was situated in a rented house, next in (sic) an old, decrepit hotel with 22 rooms and then, in 1919, in an historic building used by General Sherman as headquarters during the Civil War. It was not until 1929 that this home occupied its long-anticipated permanent new building." (page 16)
While may be true that the Augustus Hurt home was used as a headquarters by Sherman, his forces razed the home in 1864 (see the text of the historical marker at this site:http://georgiainfo.galileo.usg.edu/gahistmarkers/hurthousehi...
) so it would have been impossible for the home to be located in the Hurt house because it didn't exist in 1919.
My best guess is that the Southern Christian Home was originally located in an historic building in the vicinity of the Hurt home and over time, the particulars just got a little fuzzy.
I hope this helps a little and I apologize for passing on inaccurate information. When I went to search for photographs of the Hurt home and the Southern Christian Home (I was unable to find photos of either building), something about the information we had given you just didn't sit right with me so I decided to search a little further.
Please feel free to contact me if you have questions.
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This is an email I received afterwards:
"I'm so sorry for this confusion! It's entirely possible that Sherman used the Hurt home and then razed it when he left Atlanta. We know for sure that the Hurt home was located near the present day Carter Presidential Library. From your description, it sounds like the Southern Christian Home was indeed located in an historic building of some sort--you've really got me intrigued now! ;-) I have placed a call to the archives director at the Carter Library--as soon as he returns my call, I'll see what information he might be able to provide about the Southern Christian Home. I'd be surprised if he hasn't already answered similar queries--we get so many requests for information about what was located here before our complex was built.
I promise I'll write as soon as I hear back from him. Thank you for being so patient--I promise I'll get some answers for you!
This is the final outcome:
"--when she was looking to answer your original question, my volunteer found an article published when a former president of the home, John Adams, passed away in 1999 but the information given about the home was based on the recollection of family members and can't be considered completely factual. I would say the same for the information on the DBS website as well. Without proper citation, such historical information really becomes nothing more than a good story rather than an established fact.
I did hear back from the Carter Library; the gentleman did tell me that his best estimate is that the Southern Christian Home was located about 400-500 yards from the library on the corner of present day Cleburne and Highland Avenues, but he was unable to provide any more information than what we've come up with already. That location would not have been the Hurt home, so it's clear that the Southern Christian Home was in a different building.
What I can tell you is that we have the Atlanta Journal and the Constitution back to the 1860s-1880s respectively, as well as city directories back to 1867. We have a large map collection and a number of other sources that might be helpful to research the home. I'm afraid, however, that I just can't spare the staff time to conduct any more research than what we've come up with already, and I'm so sorry! It's a fascinating sleuth, but to go any further, we'd be required to collect research fees. We would be more than happy to help you if you could visit us in person, though!
I'm so sorry I can't be of more help, but please do feel free to contact me if you'd like to come visit us and pursue this further.