The home Margaret Mitchell affectionately called “the Dump” will be restored in separate halves, with a Victorian look on one side and a 1920s look on the other.
Architects want visitors to get a true sense of the building where Miss Mitchell lived while writing most of “Gone With the Wind.”
The author lived in an apartment there from 1925 to 1932. Afterward, the house fell into disrepair, and a fire last year almost foiled a grassroots restoration effort.
Then German auto manufacturer Daimler-Benz donated $5 million toward its restoration and operation.
Also planned are a gift shop and visitors’ center in buildings south of “the Dump” that now house a Vietnamese restaurant, an Indian restaurant and a police precinct office.
“I have to get out of here Saturday next week,” said Hang Le Thi, co-owner of Cha Gio. “Cha Gio is gone with the wind.”