A Murder Mystery of Our Own

For those who haven't lived at Lullwater Estate, do you know about a mysterious and violent encounter here on our property, long ago? Rainbow Terrace, now the Lullwater Estate mansion, was built by Asa Candler (of Coca Cola fame) as a wedding gift for his daughter, Lucy, and her husband, Henry Heinz. And that's perhaps the least interesting part of their story. His sudden death and the subsequent investigation provide a fascinating story, one of those "stranger than fiction" tales.

We assembled some vintage newspaper articles and book chapters dealing with this story. It's been put into a PDF: Heinz Murder Mystery

And if you ever see a gray-haired man floating around near the mansion, well, of course we don't believe in ghosts,....or do we?

 

History: Lullwater Estate, Originally Rainbow Terrace

The mansion portion of the Lullwater Estate was built in 1922, for Lucy Candler Heinz, by her husband, Henry Heinz. Lucy had the good fortune to be the daughter of Coca-Cola magnate Asa Candler, whose extended family scattered mansions around Atlanta, especially in Druid Hills and Inman Park. Henry Heinz was a banker, rising to become a Director and Vice-President of Citizens & Southern Bank. Lucy named her house Rainbow Terrace.

For about 20 years, Rainbow Terrace was a prominent feature on the Atlanta social scene. Besides the 12,000 square foot mansion, the property featured a swimming pool, tennis court, and even a playhouse built to resemble the mansion itself.

Mr. Heinz was murdered by a burglar in the library of the mansion, in September, 1943. About a year and a half later, a burglar arrested elsewhere in Atlanta was matched to fingerprints found in the investigation of the Heinz murder. He confessed to the murder, and was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

After the murder, Lucy moved from Rainbow Terrace, but some have questioned whether the spirit of the late Mr. Heinz actually ever left the estate.

The architect who designed Rainbow Terrace was G. Lloyd Preacher, who later built his own house just across Ponce De Leon Avenue from us (at 1627 South Ponce De Leon). Preacher also designed the Atlanta City Hall, completed in 1930.

Preacher turned to a Mediterranean style for the Soreno Hotel (razed) in St. Petersburg, Florida, a favorite style that he had adopted for some Atlanta houses. His own residence in Druid Hills (1924) is a picturesque neo-Spanish villa across the street from Rainbow Terrace (1921-22), a Mediterranean-style villa that Preacher built for Lucy Candler Heintz [sic], the daughter of Coca-Cola magnate and real estate entrepreneur Asa Candler.