Designing Women's House - On the situation comedy
DESIGNING WOMEN/CBS/1986-93 Julia Sugarbaker (Dixie Carter) and her sister,
Suzanne (Delta Burke) operated an interior decorating firm out of their
attractive suburban home at 1521 Sycamore Street in Atlanta, Georgia.
Julia Sugarbaker's home and place of business
Sugarbaker's were their partners Mary Jo Shively (Annie Potts), Charlene Frazier
Stillfield (Jean Smart), the firm's business manager, and later B. J. Poteet
(Judith Ivey) an eccentric wealthy widow whose ready cash kept the firm from
bankruptcy. The firm's heavy work was done by hired helper Anthony Bouvier (Meschach
Taylor) who later became a partner in the firm.
Suzanne Sugarbaker's Estate
Mary Jo Shively's House
Charlene Frazier's Apartment
Although the TV series was based in Georgia, the exterior shots of the
Sugarbaker home were actually photographs of the Villa Marre, a museum located
at 1321 Scott Street in Little Rock, Arkansas. Built in 1881 by Angelo
Marre and his wife Jennie Marre, the Victorian home with touches of Italian
architectural style passed through the possession of a few more owners until it
finally fell into disrepair in the 1960s. It was renovated and then given to the
Quapaw Quarter Association in 1979 by James W. Strawn, Jr.
A few blocks away from the Villa Marre is the Arkansas Governor's Mansion
(former home of Bill & Hilary Clinton) located at 1800 Center Street (at 18th
and Spring Street). The exterior of this Georgian Colonial style building
(finished in 1950) served as Suzanne Sugarbaker's residence during the early
episodes of the program.
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