An Evening in the Red Room: A Celebration of the Design Legacy of Ruby Ross Wood

Public Programs
Tuesday, Nov 7 2023 @ 6:30pm

Atlanta History Center is proud to present The Road to Good Taste: The Design Life of Ruby Ross Wood, a new exhibition on the life and work of one of America’s most influential interior designers. From her early days as a journalist to opening her own firm, Ruby Ross Wood’s work was always characterized by eclectic combinations of furniture, bold color choices, and impeccable taste.

As a native of the South, Wood was known to many in Atlanta and Georgia. She was a colleague of celebrated Atlanta architect Neel Reid, met with Philip Shutze on his return from his Prix de Rome studies in Italy, and was a personal friend of Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Inman. As such, Wood decorated the two Atlanta homes of the Inmans, their 1909 Ansley Park residence and, notably, their Buckhead home, Swan House, the only Wood-decorated residence available today, the Inman house is exactly as Emily Inman, Philip Shutze, and Ruby Ross Wood opened it in 1928.

An Evening in the Red Room will introduce the best of Atlanta’s design and architectural world to her pioneering legacy. Tickets will include full access to Swan House, an open premium bar, delicious food prepared by Alex Hitz and Soiree Catering, live music, valet parking, and more.

Guests will have the opportunity to explore the exhibition, set within the only Wood-decorated residence still extant, as well as Philip Shutze’s extensive collection of furniture, porcelain, and decorative arts.

Funds raised from the event will help support Atlanta History Center’s operating expenses, including the vital work needed for the ongoing care and maintenance of Swan House.

For questions about the event and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Peter Finnerty, Director of Major Gifts and Individual Giving, at or 404-814-4102.

Tickets for An Evening in the Red Room are now sold out. There will be a limited number of tickets available for sale at the door.

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