Statement of Significance (as of designation - February 16, 2000):
This Classical Revival mansion, built in 1910, was the home of Alonzo Franklin Herndon and his family. The founder of the Atlanta Life Insurance Company, one of the largest Black insurance companies in the United States, Herndon had been born into slavery, but rose to wealth and influence. His life reflects the ideal of the American dream, that anyone can be successful in this country with hard work and determination. Adrienne Herndon, Alonzo's wife, designed the residence, but passed away a few months after its completion. Their son Norris was influential in the family's enterprises and he succeeded his father in running the Atlanta Life Insurance Company. The Herndon family attained the hightest level of Black society and their home illustrates the family's aspirations and lifestyle, and also represents the culture of wealthy African Americans during the first half of the twentieth century.