Local Spotlight: The Crisco House in Macon

The Crisco House in Macon

One of Macon’s most recognizable historic homes is on the market and ready to make someone a happy homeowner! The Crisco House in Macon, located at 619 College St., is listed for $1.6 million.

Of Historical Importance

The Crisco House in Macon dates back more than a century to 1901. It was built by the man credited with creating the vegetable shortening known as Crisco. Wallace McCraw worked for Macon Manufacturing Co. and developed what he called “Plantene.”

Procter & Gamble purchased McCraw’s invention and renamed it Crisco around 1911. He became one of the company’s vice presidents. As for the Crisco House in Macon, it become beloved by new owner W. Jordan Massee in 1910.

Noted on Gateway Macon as one of the top five Maconites, Massee was good friends with playwright Tennessee Williams, who allegedly wrote “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” while staying at the house. The larger-than-life main character “Big Daddy” is said to be based on Massee.

Eventually, in the 1930s the house was divided into 13 apartments. Then purchased in the early 2000s, the owners began to restore the Crisco House to a single-family home once more.

The House

The seven-bedroom, seven-plus bath home is more than 12,000 square feet of beautiful living space. The features of the house are as unique as its history. One of the first things you notice once inside is the foyer.

You are greeted by a grand dual connecting staircase. In the middle is a marble fireplace! The details are worth noting and are part of the house’s charm. According to an article by 13WMAZ, Realtor Joanna Jones said most of the wood is original to the home.

The Crisco House in Macon has amazing surprises throughout. For example, the main level consists of a movie theater room, music room, dining room, large kitchen and so on.

But then you may notice a bookcase in the hall. When pulled it opens to a door, which opens to a staircase. The stairs lead to a private speakeasy.

The third level of the mansion is the mother-in-law apartment. While it is part of the home, it does have a separate entrance. It’s a spacious two-bedroom area with a living room, kitchen, bathroom and laundry room.

To top it all off is a large patio with a view of Downtown Macon.


Satisfied with how this historic beauty has turned out, the owners, who have a love for restoring historic homes are ready for the next one. While this jewel in Macon is, in fact, inspiring, we have a place that is perfect for now!

Everything you need—from a bathroom to a bedroom to a kitchen and more—we have at Summer Park. Come see for yourself or take a peek now by clicking here to view photos. Continue to discover more about Macon by reading our blogs!