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White House replica draws stares
Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 11.19.04 | TINAH SAUNDERS

Posted on 11/19/2004 8:55:51 AM PST by mhking

In October 2001, Fred Milani's replica of the White House on Briarcliff Road was not quite finished. Still, it was creating a stir in the Oak Grove area north of Clairmont Road as passersby slowed down to gape. In fact, though still in the works, it was the first house profiled in Private Quarters.

Interest in the house has not dimmed. We still get the occasional astonished inquiry from people who happen upon the columned home. Recently Fred and Yvonne, his wife of 25 years, invited us on a tour of the elegantly decorated interior.

The house is a replica of the presidential mansion on the outside only, although Fred works in an "oval office," seated at a replica of Abraham Lincoln's carved mahogany desk. And there's a carved seal of the United States mounted on the ceiling and another woven into the carpet.

Milani, an Iranian-born engineer, residential developer and builder, is an American citizen who has lived in this country since 1979. He is also a former Muslim who converted to Christianity nine years ago. Throughout the house are reminders of his faith, intertwined with his pride of citizenship.

There are 36 rooms on three floors in the 16,500-square-foot house. It has six bedrooms, 11 bathrooms and six fireplaces. The elaborate draperies in the formal rooms are duplicates of those in the White House. "I gave the seamstresses a book on the White House and asked them to copy them," Yvonne explained.

The domed ceiling over the spectacular central staircase in the foyer features a mural of Jesus. His outstretched arms reach out to American Indians in feathered headdresses, Hispanic men in sombreros and Asians in traditional costumes.

"I wanted it to show that God loves all people, all nationalities," said Yvonne, who was born in Mississippi and reared in Missouri.

A 20-foot-tall Christmas tree decorated with oversized blue and gold ornaments stands in the living room. A 2-foot-tall angel tops the tree. There are decorated trees in many other rooms, including the huge kitchen. From the curved and columned balcony at the rear of the home — a replica of the Truman balcony — visitors can see the large pool, waterfall, formal gardens and pool house with full outdoor kitchen.

There's an upstairs sitting room decorated in traditional Iranian fashion with pillowed floor seating and low tables. Silk rugs hanging against the walls are among the Iranian touches throughout the house.

The Milanis are expecting guests for the holidays. They are opening their home to the public from Dec. 11 through Jan. 2 to raise money for the independent International Church of God, a Christian church that ministers to Muslims converting to Christianity. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 2 to 6 p.m. Sundays. The only day the house will be closed is Christmas Day. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and $10 for children 6 to 12.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: architecture; convert; evangelism; iranianamericans; whitehouse
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1 posted on 11/19/2004 8:55:51 AM PST by mhking
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To: mhking

So did he vote for Bush??


2 posted on 11/19/2004 8:56:40 AM PST by RockinRight (Liberals are OK with racism, as long as it is aimed at a Republican.)
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To: mhking

> There are 36 rooms on three floors in the 16,500-square-foot house.

Yow.


3 posted on 11/19/2004 8:58:11 AM PST by orionblamblam
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To: mhking
Cool!

That's a lovely living room. Traditional but with an Eastern flavor. The boxed ceiling is very English.

I want to see the mural, though. Guess I'll have to go take the tour.

I love looking at other people's houses (nobody wants to see mine - it's a mess!)

4 posted on 11/19/2004 8:58:12 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (. . . Ministrix of ye Chace (recess appointment), TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary . . .)
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To: mhking


5 posted on 11/19/2004 8:58:29 AM PST by mhking
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To: mhking

Georgia has its own White House! It sets the Yankees to shame.


6 posted on 11/19/2004 8:58:30 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: mhking

I don't know if I would want an article on my personal White House being published. Paticularly if I was a Muslim convert to Christianity. It occurs to me my house would make a fantastic target for Islamic Jihadists unable to attack the real White House.


7 posted on 11/19/2004 8:59:11 AM PST by Smogger
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To: mhking

He will probably get calls from Hollywood at some point wanting to use his house as an exterior set for filming. If so, the house will pay for itself in short order.


8 posted on 11/19/2004 9:00:47 AM PST by shadowman99
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To: Smogger

If money were no expense, I'd like to build one on my own property.


9 posted on 11/19/2004 9:00:53 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: mhking

Wow.


10 posted on 11/19/2004 9:02:51 AM PST by RockinRight (Liberals are OK with racism, as long as it is aimed at a Republican.)
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To: mhking

Does the real White House have one of those pools with the bar?


11 posted on 11/19/2004 9:03:30 AM PST by toast
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To: shadowman99

Interesting. I wonder if he thought of that?

Any true capitalist would!


12 posted on 11/19/2004 9:04:04 AM PST by RockinRight (Liberals are OK with racism, as long as it is aimed at a Republican.)
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To: Smogger

Yikes, that's a good point.

Hope he stays safe, as it's great to read about a naturalized citizen who loves his adopted country so much.


13 posted on 11/19/2004 9:04:23 AM PST by agrace
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To: mhking

how pretty! it's looks nicer than pictures I've seen of the real White House


14 posted on 11/19/2004 9:06:08 AM PST by sassbox
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To: mhking

WOW!


15 posted on 11/19/2004 9:06:42 AM PST by Pippin (#1 Fan of DR. Condoleeza Rice)
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To: shadowman99

>>He will probably get calls from Hollywood at some point wanting to use his house as an exterior set for filming. If so, the house will pay for itself in short order.<<

He's been shy to do that since that bad experience with Jerry Bruckheimer. :^D


16 posted on 11/19/2004 9:07:04 AM PST by dangus
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To: agrace

Yowza! I wonder if she plays "Hail to the Chief" for him when he comes home at night.


17 posted on 11/19/2004 9:08:02 AM PST by Neville72
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To: mhking

My son is in *love* with your homepage! LOL!


18 posted on 11/19/2004 9:08:09 AM PST by Marie (~shhhhh...~ The liberals are sleeping....)
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To: mhking

Wow!!!


19 posted on 11/19/2004 9:08:09 AM PST by hershey
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To: mhking

very nice house. since he obviously has a lot of money, I don't know why he didn't just reproduce the White House inside as well as outside? Then he could lease it out to Movie companies that want to do realistic white house scenes. :)


20 posted on 11/19/2004 9:08:35 AM PST by TexasGreg ("Democrats Piss Me Off")
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To: mhking

It's kitschy but who cares!


21 posted on 11/19/2004 9:11:04 AM PST by BunnySlippers (George W. Bush is our president ... Get over it!)
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To: Smogger

I was thinking the very same thing...


22 posted on 11/19/2004 9:11:15 AM PST by smiley (Watch out Dems! I'm a William F. Buckley Conservative!!)
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To: toast

Did the Clinton WH have 'special guest' bedrooms with Zebra skin rugs and Cheetah sheets?


23 posted on 11/19/2004 9:11:17 AM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: mhking

Here's hoping his houseguests are better-behaved.

24 posted on 11/19/2004 9:12:18 AM PST by martin_fierro (Chat is my milieu)
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To: mhking
What a great story.
Certainly a lot better way to spend lots of money than, say, Soros, has chosen.
Great house.
25 posted on 11/19/2004 9:13:42 AM PST by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.)
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To: mhking

Chances are they will only use about 1/5 of the house and the rest will just be wasted space.

I'm jealous...I feel like I live in a vienna sausage can!


26 posted on 11/19/2004 9:14:04 AM PST by trussell (Unemployed intellectual...will act like a pompous ass for food!!)
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To: goldstategop

How about going for it and actually show us some pictures of it?


27 posted on 11/19/2004 9:14:22 AM PST by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.)
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To: finnman69

Don't know about the animal print stuff, but I'm pretty sure there was a little metal box next to the bed with a coin slot in it.


28 posted on 11/19/2004 9:16:30 AM PST by Charles Martel ("Diplomats. The best diplomat I know of is a fully loaded phaser bank" - Cdr. Montgomery Scott)
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To: eddie willers; YaYa123; SuzanneC

FYI.


29 posted on 11/19/2004 9:17:53 AM PST by Howlin (I love the smell of mandate in the morning.)
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To: TexasGreg

"Then he could lease it out to Movie companies that want to do realistic white house scenes. :)"

Interior shots would need movable walls for camera angles and lighting, high ceilings for boom mikes and such - easier to do it with a set.


30 posted on 11/19/2004 9:19:10 AM PST by RS (Just because they are out to get him doesn't mean he's not guilty)
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To: mhking

"Check out time is Noon." Wait . . . that guy is gone.

31 posted on 11/19/2004 9:21:37 AM PST by BenLurkin (Big government is still a big problem.)
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To: mhking

I remember driving past there when they were building this a few years ago. I thought to myself, "What kind of person would build such a thing?" Now I know.


32 posted on 11/19/2004 9:22:50 AM PST by msnimje
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To: mhking

The exterior's cool but I'm not overly thrilled by their interior. Isn't there one in Texas too?


33 posted on 11/19/2004 9:23:03 AM PST by newzjunkey ("The rule of law has become confused with - indeed subverted by - the rule of judges." - Robert Bork)
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To: mhking

Does the Oval Office come complete with the little dark hallway of Clinton fame?


34 posted on 11/19/2004 9:33:51 AM PST by Vicomte13 (La nuit s'acheve!)
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To: mhking

Wow, that place should be on "Cribs". I could live there! Of course, it's not up to the standards I'm used to.


35 posted on 11/19/2004 9:44:45 AM PST by Sender (Team Infidel USA)
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To: mhking

I live about 2 miles away. It is quite impressive. Lots of McMansions in the area though.


36 posted on 11/19/2004 9:50:42 AM PST by Lance Romance
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To: mhking

Bump for later.


37 posted on 11/19/2004 10:14:39 AM PST by A2J (Oh, I wish I was in Dixie...)
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To: mhking
to raise money for the independent International Church of God, a Christian church that ministers to Muslims converting to Christianity.

Well, this place just became a target. They might have been better off without this reference.

38 posted on 11/19/2004 10:21:14 AM PST by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: mhking

How beautiful! Wonder if he'd decorate my place!


39 posted on 11/19/2004 10:24:07 AM PST by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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To: trussell

Can you imagine the heating and electric bills? Be grateful for the sausage can--easier to heat and clean! Of course, if you could afford a house like his, who cares about housework?


40 posted on 11/19/2004 10:26:20 AM PST by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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To: goldstategop

"Georgia has its own White House! It sets the Yankees to shame."

Most Yankees (and I used to be one) have no idea how affluent northern Atlanta is. They'd be amazed at the size of most of the houses, even for working class stiffs like myself.


41 posted on 11/19/2004 10:26:40 AM PST by mikeus_maximus
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To: trussell

Can you imagine the heating and electric bills? Be grateful for the sausage can--easier to heat and clean! Of course, if you could afford a house like his, who cares about housework?


42 posted on 11/19/2004 10:27:24 AM PST by Marysecretary (Thank you, Lord, for FOUR MORE YEARS!!!)
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To: Marysecretary

There's a replica of the White House in Central California, if memory serves.


43 posted on 11/19/2004 10:33:39 AM PST by MattGarrett
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To: mhking

Bump for keeping.


44 posted on 11/19/2004 10:34:32 AM PST by I still care (America is not the problem - it is the solution..)
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To: mhking

Good man.


45 posted on 11/19/2004 10:36:17 AM PST by Tempest (Click on my name for a long list of press contacts)
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To: RockinRight
So did he vote for Bush??

I'd be willing to guess "Yes". I know his wife donated $500 to one Sunny Warren, a Republican.

Sunny Warren

46 posted on 11/19/2004 10:45:57 AM PST by 2Jedismom (Expect me when you see me!)
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To: mhking

Thanks, Michael! This is too cool!


47 posted on 11/19/2004 10:47:35 AM PST by annyokie (If the shoe fits, put 'em both on!)
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To: Howlin

Thanks, Howlin. This looks fabulous.


48 posted on 11/19/2004 11:12:54 AM PST by SuzanneC
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To: mhking

In America, anyone can live in their own White House.

49 posted on 11/19/2004 11:18:37 AM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Southack

The original white house was where George Washington wooed a widow Custis. It was destroyed during the Civil War, after being used by McClellan's army as a hosptital. At that time it was owned by Robert E. Lee's wife, who was a granddaughter of Martha Custis Washington.


50 posted on 11/19/2004 11:42:47 AM PST by donmeaker (Why did the Romans cross the road? To keep the slaves from revolting again.)
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