The Swan House

Swan House

Photo by Mark Pariani

Hunger Games: Catching Fire

by Danique Rouse and Grace Davenport

The Swan House located at the Atlanta History Center has long been known as a grandiose mansion with distinct architecture. Once home to a wealthy family, this palace-like structure has become a popular filming location in Atlanta for productions looking for opulence. The home was featured in The Hunger Games trilogy.

Built in 1928 just months before the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and The Great Depression, the Swan House was constructed for Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Emily Inman. Edward Inman had accumulated most of his wealth from cotton brokerage, with cotton still being a booming business in the southern United States in the early 1900s. The Inmans only commissioned Swan House to be built after their first home had burned down in 1924. They looked to architect Philip T. Shutze to complete the job of designing the classical, formal façade and interior of Swan House that still stands today. The house then was built for hosting upper echelon parties and raising a family, but after the hit that the economy took and the death of Mr. Inman in 1931, Swan House was lived in by Emily and her family until 1965 then subsequently acquired by the Atlanta Historical Society in 1966 for the Atlanta community to enjoy. Today the house wears many different hats such as a location for hosting parties, having weddings, and filming big productions.

In the Hunger Games films, the audience can see the banquets, announcements, and parties being held on the grounds of Swan House. Given the history of Swan House there is a certain symmetry to its depiction. The structure was meant to cater to the wealthy and emit an essence of power. The Hunger Games does a great job of symbolizing this inequality with its location at The Swan House. When watching, it hints to the idea that there is an imbalance of wealth within our society.