Update: Wedding Chapel on Former Dean Gardens Estate Demolished
5100 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, Georgia, United States
Update: December 2016, the wedding chapel on the former Dean Gardens estate has been demolished. An arsonist set an overnight fire in the wedding chapel on the grounds of the former Dean Gardens estate in Johns Creek, GA in early October 2016. The fire ripped through the structure destroying everything except the stone walls. The 58-acre estate is currently owned by Lennar Homes who are in the process of developing it into a new subdivision. Lennar Homes finished razing the property in 2015, but left the wedding chapel in-tact in hopes of restoring and using it as a gazebo for residents of the new subdivision. Just last week the Facebook Group, ‘Don’t Demolish Dean Gardens Estate‘, had posted a progress picture of the copper-topped chapel, showing railings removed & wood supports added. It’s unknown at this time who set the fire or why, but since Dean Gardens originally sold in 2010, the abandoned estate has been a popular hangout for vandals.
The property had previously been listed as high as $40 million which gained interest from Michael Jackson in the mid-90s before selling in the summer of 2010 to entertainer Tyler Perry for $7.6 million. It had been reported at the time that Perry planned to raze the mansion while keeping the mature formal gardens as a backdrop to a new mansion, however he sold the property for a substantial profit to developer Lennar Homes. The 42,000 square foot mansion was designed & built over four years in the late 80s & early 90s by entrepreneur Larry Dean & wife Lynda for close to $25 million. Features of the property included a 2-acre lake with wedding chapel, a private amphitheatre, an 18-hole, par-72 golf course, caretaker’s house, gardener’s cottage, and helipad. To see a selection of photos of what the original estate looked like visit this link.