A place for everything
Wind. The handsome red-brick, three-storey Tudor Revival building occupies a street corner near a train station (Midtown on the airport line) as well as the spot where Mitchell was fatally struck by an off-duty taxi driver in 1949. Rescued from developers’ efforts in the 1980s to turn the site into office towers, the restored building maintains the layout of Mitchell’s ground-floor apartment, which she referred to as The Dump. Today, it’s filled with 1920s furniture including a Remington typewriter. A guide leads a tour through the apartment after summarising Mitchell’s eventful life, which included a stint as a reporter on the Atlanta Journal (the display includes her office desk, which a maintenance man shortened to suit her 150cm stature). An exhibition devoted to the Oscar-winning film of Mitchell’s book includes the restored doorway of the fictional plantation mansion, Tara, rescued from storage. Apparently visitors named Tara are many, their parents obviously enamoured with the epic Civil War story. Open daily; atlantahistorycenter.com.
SHANGRI LA, DORIS DUKE FOUNDATION FOR ISLAMIC ART, HONOLULU, HAWAII: In her lifetime the American tobacco heiress Doris Duke was renowned for her tremendous wealth and her taste in men; besides her two husbands she was rumoured to have had affairs with (among others) Errol Flynn and Duke Kahanamoku, who taught her to surf. But her posthumous fame resides in Shangri La, the fabulous winter residence built in 1937 that remains one of the great repositories of Islamic art. Tours begin at the Honolulu Museum of Art (reserve tickets in advance) and arrive in the exclusive Kahala neighbourhood where the dazzling Pacific Ocean views are eclipsed by Duke’s phenomenal art collection. Beyond the two stone camels (Chinese, 19th-century) flanking the whitewashed Modernist pavilion lies a jewel box of about 3500 pieces — originals and special commissions — ranging from 17th-century Ottoman tiles to a Baccarat crystal chandelier created for the Maharaja of
The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth, England, top; Ernest Hemingway’s villa in Havana, Cuba, above left; inside Palazzo Falson in Mdina, Malta, above right; Margaret Mitchell’s Remington typewriter, below.