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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 business - DESIGNING WOMEN
Julia Sugarbaker's home and place of business

Assisting the 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 - DESIGNING WOMEN Mary Jo Shively's House - DESIGNING WOMEN Charlene Frazier's Apartment Building - DESIGNING WOMEN
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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