Lavish House Built by the Inventor of Crisco for Sale in Georgia

Crisco House Macon
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The house built by the man who launched a million fried chicken recipes has hit the market for $1,645,000.

The 12,862-square-foot stunner on College Street in Macon, Georgia, was constructed in 1901 by Crisco-inventor Wallace McCaw. According to, McCaw was the president of the Macon Manufacturing Company at the time and was working on the formula for the beloved hydrogenated vegetable oil.

McCaw sold the house and moved to Cincinnati to work for P&G when the company bought the product in 1910. The house was then sold to a man with an over-the-top personality named W. Jordan Massee, A.K.A. "Big Daddy."

"Big Daddy was very good friends with Tennessee Williams," listing agent Joanna Jones explained to Williams reportedly lived in the house for time and even wrote his famous play "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" while living under its roof.

Massee eventually sold the Crisco house, and after a while it was converted into 13 apartments. After slipping into utter disrepair, it was purchased by its current owners in 2013, who converted it back into a single-family home.

Today, the sprawling Beaux-Arts style manse boasts seven bedrooms, seven bathrooms, two half-bathrooms, a movie theater, a basement speakeasy, and a whole lot more. We're especially big fans of the magnificent grand staircase.

"This house, anywhere else besides Macon, Georgia, would be $5 million or $10 million, I'm sure," Jones said. "We have all these people now calling from California, New York, everywhere trying to get to Macon, Georgia, because you can buy a lot of your money, and there are things happening here."

Whoever gets their hands on this one-of-a-kind piece of history is lucky indeed. Join us for a tour?

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Fabulous Foyer

Crisco House Staircase
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Talk about a welcome! The magnificent central staircase is painted in dramatic black and bifurcated at the second level.

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Fireplace Nooks

Crisco House Staircase Fireplace
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On the second level of the grand staircase, you'll find a marble fireplace complete with cozy built-in reading nooks on either side.

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Staircase Views

Crisco House Foyer
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Double-paneled wood pocket doors with arched transoms flank the grand entrance hall.

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Crisco House Den
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Adjacent to the foyer you'll find the den which features soaring ceilings, elaborate millwork, and built-in leaded cabinets.

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Double Parlor

Crisco House Formal Living Room
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The original drawing room, also located directly off the foyer, was designed as a double parlor.

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Dining Room

Crisco House Dining Room
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The unique, oval-shaped dining room has elaborate woodwork, pocket doors, and a mural on the ceiling.

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Chef's Kitchen

Crisco House Kitchen
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A giant blue French cooking range is the star of the updated kitchen.

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Casual Dining

Crisco House Kitchen Island
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The kitchen's beautiful wood island is perfect for everyday meals.

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Main Bedroom

Crisco House Main Bedroom
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The main suite is located on the second floor.

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Basement Speakeasy

Crisco House Speakeasy
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The current owner created a speakeasy hidden behind a trick bookshelf. "There are televisions, a copper bar, a dishwasher, a bathroom, and more," Jones told "This speakeasy bar has a back entrance, so you could have people come visit and hang out in this cool pub."

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Guest House

Crisco House Guest House
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The sweet backyard guest house has its own living room, bedroom, and bathroom.

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