Huie House, 1928, St. Simons Island

This early example of the International Style, designed by Macon architect Fred Stroberg, uniquely employees the local building material known as tabby to make a bold statement about the past and the future. It has also been referred to as “Mediterranean House” and the outline of a shed roof on the side indicates it may have had such a decorative element at one time, but it’s decidedly International in appearance and spirit, making it an even more significant landmark.

The house is primarily associated with the late Mildred Weigle Nix Huie (1907-2000). A native of Augusta, Mrs. Huie received a degree in Classical Education from Florida State University. She and her husband Carl purchased the house in 1967 and it remained Mrs. Huie’s home and studio until her death. Mrs. Huie was an accomplished Impressionist painter, sculptor and historian, and upon establishing the Left Bank Art Gallery in 1962, became an integral part of the St. Simons cultural scene, through the fostering of other artists and the free access she provided to her own collection as well as philanthropic pursuits.

Mrs. Huie’s daughter, Millie Wilcox, maintained the home as the Mildred Huie Museum for more than a decade after her mother’s death.

The property was the first site acquired by the St. Simons Land Trust in 2018 and though the museum itself is closed, the grounds are a welcome respite from the busy commercial area of Frederica Road, open and free to all.

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4 responses to “Huie House, 1928, St. Simons Island

  1. Peter Martin

    Very nice. Enjoy your posts. Ever run across Windy Oaks on St. Simons? It is an old farmhouse, belonging to Mr. WinnPenny and on a dairy before being purchased by MF Martin in 1952.

    • Thanks, Peter. I am not familiar with Windy Oaks. Is it publicly accessible or visible from a roadway?

      • Peter Winn Martin

        It is down Caroline Drive, the Oak lined road just south of the Catholic center on Frederica Rd. My niece lives there now, my brother Fleming’s house is just Southwest. I feel certain I can get you permission if you need it. I am unable to put a painting of it here, but would be happy to send a photo of it if you give me an email address. My brother is now retired and I might be able to coordinate something with him.

      • Peter, I’d love to see it. My email is wbrianbrown@gmail.com

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