Our own Dr. Jeffrey Priluck was acknowledged in a recent article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle for his efforts through the Dunwoody Preservation Trust to restore the Cheek-Spruill Farmhouse in downtown Dunwoody.Article excerpt:
Atlanta Business Chronicle July 27-August 2, 2012
By C. Richard Cotton, Contributing Writer
Preserving the past helps Dunwoody's futureWhen Dunwoody incorporated several years ago, the Dunwoody Preservation Trust had already been hard at work for years saving the city's historic treasures. Founded in 1995 and boasting 900 members, it has been instrumental in saving several properties from demolition or destruction by decay and neglect.
"We're looking to the future with a vision to the past," said Dr. Jeff Priluck, a Dunwoody dentist and member of the board of directors for Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce. A 35-year resident of the city, Priluck said he was driving by the empty, decaying Cheek-Spruill Farmhouse in the center of town and throught, "Someone needs to take the bull by the horns and repair that, make it presentable."
His wife agreed and said, "Why don't we do it?"
So they did.
"We did the exterior and then decided to do the interior of the house," Priluck said. He recalls watching the last Spruill to live in the house prepare his garden plot with a mule-drawn plowshare decades ago.
"People come into my office every day and say they are so glad that we did it," Priluck said.
Today, the Cheek-Spruill Farmhouse (now officially dubbed the Dunwoody Farmhouse) is a city-owned event facility, where weddings, receptions, reunions and other events are held; it had been a teahouse for a time after the restoration was complete, but has since closed.