The Swan House, constructed in 1928, found itself being used decades later as President Snow's mansion in the popular, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay: Part 1" films. The home was built by Edward and Emily Inman, heirs to a cotton brokerage fortune. Swan House and its gardens were adapted Italian and English classical styles to accommodate 20th-century living. The house earned its name from the swan and bird motifs that occupy many of the interior rooms which Mrs. Inman adored.
With their eyes already set on filming in Atlanta, location managers from Lionsgate discovered this majestic house and knew it would be the perfect venue. Since the house was Classical with the original antiques, it set the stage for the villain President Snow's mansion. Swan House team members often joke that it's the Presidential Palace because Snow is the President of Panem in the movie, so it functions like the White House would in the present. They also worked closely with the film's production team during filming to brief them on how to use the house and to ensure it would be protected.
Check out this tour of President Snow's house:
Sets were built on the front lawn and in the gardens, then transported inside for shoots. Some of the interiors of the rooms were completely redecorated in order to align with the "Hunger Games" brand. Today, the Atlanta History Center offers themed "Behind the Scenes" tours where visitors can discover some of the areas not open on the regular house tour. Guests can look in hidden basement rooms, explore attics, and see special Hunger Games collections.
Cover image: "Swanhouse, Atlanta History Center" by Robert Kimberly is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.