The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported that the Rose House was designed by Atlanta architect Emil Charles Seiz. The home has maintained its original exterior and interior features over the years.
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The Rufus M. Rose House was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and designated as a Landmark Building by the city of Atlanta in 1989. The house has served as a rooming house, government offices and an antique store, as well as a museum.