Echols-Chenault House

417 Line Street, NE

Dyke S. Echols, a livestock and automobile trader, having lived in several homes in both the Albany and Old Decatur Historic Districts, built this traditional colonial revival home as a wood-frame house in 1932. The brick veneer was added in 1942.

In 1985, a successive owner added a downstairs master bedroom suite. The home presently boasts four bedrooms, three and one-half baths, a formal dining room and a formal living room.
It is situated within a stone’s throw of the Zen-like Frazier Park perched on Cherry Street between Line and Ferry Streets.

Ellis and Carol Chenault purchased the home for their family in 1993. In 2019 they gutted and remodeled to expand the small kitchen into a cook’s paradise that is gasp-worthy. They kept the butlers’ pantry just as it originally was. Enamored with the blue hand-painted tile in said pantry, the Chenaults commissioned the crafting of new tile for the kitchen’s extensive backsplash. The new tile precisely replicates the old. That spacious kitchen spills out onto a shady deck that overlooks a charming little garden teeming with wildlife and bursting forth with a variety of flowers.

During demolition of the kitchen, workers discovered a built-in ironing board as well as wiring that linked to a buzzer located in the original upstairs master bedroom.

Sharp eyes will spy many treasures in this home, especially antiques, all of which have been in the owners’ families for at least four generations.

This home is a great example of a quintessential style that showcases extraordinary details and charming touches—making for a true feast for the eyes.