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    Rufus M Rose House

    Haven't been on the board in a while, but wanted to let bourbon drinkers know that the Rufus M Rose house in Atlanta is for sale. He founded the Four Roses Distillery. Georgia passed prohibition in 1901 and he moved or sold the distillery out of state at that time. Pictures and a little history on Wikipedia under Rufus M Rose House.

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    Re: Rufus M Rose House

    Four Roses traces its history to the Paul Jones Company but has never officially acknowledged the connection to Rufus Rose. I mention this just as an FYI. I suspect Jones (also originally from Atlanta) obtained the rights from Rose early on, probably before Jones relocated to Kentucky in 1886.

    It would be brilliant if Four Roses bought it, restored it, and used it to promote Four Roses bourbon.

    Do you have a link to info about the sale?

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    Re: Rufus M Rose House

    (I'm really responding to the blog post here.)

    I've driven by the house a few times, and I don't see the location as being friendly to a tourist attraction.

    It's across the street from Crawford Long Hospital. There's a little building next door with the fried chicken place and a barber shop. There are some private parking lots where I'm sure other buildings used to stand.

    It isn't close enough to walk to from any other tourist places. I guess one could walk there from some of the downtown hotels, but I honest think most tourists (and suburbanites, for that matter) are reluctant to walk into areas that haven't been polished and sanitized (like Fourth Street Live in Louisville). There's nothing else nearby to visit. It's not too far south of the Fox, but, again, I don't see people walking those few blocks without a big crowd or an escort.

    (I don't think there's anything dangerous about those areas, but I've heard enough people talk about how "dangerous" downtown Atlanta (and, again, Louisville) is. If you put together a few scruffy businesses, a couple of closed buildings with boarded windows, and pedestrians that don't look like your neighbors, if you know what I mean, tourists aren't going to go.)

    I'd love to see the house saved. I don't see this as the way.

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    Re: Rufus M Rose House

    Quote Originally Posted by craigthom View Post
    (I'm really responding to the blog post here.)

    I've driven by the house a few times, and I don't see the location as being friendly to a tourist attraction.

    It's across the street from Crawford Long Hospital. There's a little building next door with the fried chicken place and a barber shop. There are some private parking lots where I'm sure other buildings used to stand.

    It isn't close enough to walk to from any other tourist places. I guess one could walk there from some of the downtown hotels, but I honest think most tourists (and suburbanites, for that matter) are reluctant to walk into areas that haven't been polished and sanitized (like Fourth Street Live in Louisville). There's nothing else nearby to visit. It's not too far south of the Fox, but, again, I don't see people walking those few blocks without a big crowd or an escort.

    (I don't think there's anything dangerous about those areas, but I've heard enough people talk about how "dangerous" downtown Atlanta (and, again, Louisville) is. If you put together a few scruffy businesses, a couple of closed buildings with boarded windows, and pedestrians that don't look like your neighbors, if you know what I mean, tourists aren't going to go.)

    I'd love to see the house saved. I don't see this as the way.
    Holy crap! I had no idea that crack house was the Rufus M Rose House. I work five minutes from there and usually drive by several times a week on my way to lunch. I'll be damned.
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    Re: Rufus M Rose House

    Quote Originally Posted by BigRich View Post
    Holy crap! I had no idea that crack house was the Rufus M Rose House. I work five minutes from there and usually drive by several times a week on my way to lunch. I'll be damned.
    Haha I thought the same thing! I don't drive by it all that often, but I still know the house well and had no idea what it was.
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    Re: Rufus M Rose House

    Quote Originally Posted by jcg9779 View Post
    Haha I thought the same thing! I don't drive by it all that often, but I still know the house well and had no idea what it was.
    Maybe Joe and Jimmy should drop a note on it and we can use it for regular GBS meetings.
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    Re: Rufus M Rose House

    Quote Originally Posted by BigRich View Post
    Maybe Joe and Jimmy should drop a note on it and we can use it for regular GBS meetings.
    That's a great idea...the official GBS headquarters.
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    Re: Rufus M Rose House

    I don't know my way around Atlanta, so thanks for the local perspective. I read elsewhere that the neighborhood is 'problematic.'

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    Re: Rufus M Rose House

    Quote Originally Posted by cowdery View Post
    I don't know my way around Atlanta, so thanks for the local perspective. I read elsewhere that the neighborhood is 'problematic.'
    Chuck, it's actual a lot better than it used to be. I really don't see a problem visiting the area during the day. However, I still wouldn't being doing any night visits.
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    Re: Rufus M Rose House

    Quote Originally Posted by BigRich View Post
    Maybe Joe and Jimmy should drop a note on it and we can use it for regular GBS meetings.
    GBS has been studying the Rose house for some time, as an HQ for the organization. With our explosive growth, particularly internationally, we really feel the need for the expansion in office space. We're in the process of putting together the financing, now. We have Top People working on it. Top. Domestic financing isn't meeting the requirements that we feel a global organization such as our demands, and quite frankly, expects. I'm sure you, and other GBS members would concur with this sentiment. PNB Paribas, HSBC, or Barclay's will probably be our pick. This would already have been a done deal, but Jimmy is such a huge Scarlett O'Hara fan, he wouldn't drop the idea of purchasing the Margaret Mitchell House, instead...

    We'll keep everyone apprised of developments as they become available for general consumption.
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