This is a closeup of a grate over a door in the sun room overlooking the indoor pool. If I understood correctly, it was one of several inside that had to be moved when the house was air conditioned. Anyway, they are very lovely. Oh, and the bird at the bottom? The room (along with others in the mansion) is decorated with murals by Athos Menaboni, a Italian artist in Atlanta noted for his bird paintings.
The area below adjoins the sun room and was an indoor swimming pool. It was open to the house before a glass wall was put in place to keep the humidity. Or maybe air conditioning it?
Anyway, after the state took over, the pool began to leak into the basement and had to be emptied and covered. It will hopefully be filled again when the Mansion supporters have enough money to repair the leak. Like every other historic site, they're having trouble keeping up with the cost of maintenance.
I love the shaded glass roof. And you can see one of the statues that stood around the pool to the right.
And here's a different statue up close.
Finally, going down to the basement, I wanted to be sure and show the gun room. This is where guns, powder, ammo, and reloading equipment was kept. If you look through the door closely, you can see the cubbyholes where the different ammos were stored.
See the wall leading into the room, how thick it is? About five feet, if I remember correctly. All the walls are that thick, I guess so that an ammo explosion wouldn't bring the house down!