Home of Cris Picard, Anne Davis & daughter, Elise
3910 Whiting Road
Mt. Ida – site of the antebellum Reynolds plantation, located ten miles south of Talladega, is now the home of the Picard family: Cris, Anne and Elise. Unlike the Reynolds plantation house, the new Mt. Ida is a prairie-style home, inspired by the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. The house nestles into the scenic landscape—merging into the hillside rather than perching on top. Its many glass windows and doors bring surrounding views of mountains, fields and forests right into Mt. Ida’s open, spacious interior.
Inviting outdoor spaces of pool, patio and fire pit…draw family and friends out into the surrounding beauty of Talladega County’s ‘big sky’ country. A short walk down Mt. Ida’s drive leads one back into the past for a contemplative visit in the Reynolds family cemetery. The adjacent woods hold numerous slave gravesites; most of the graves are marked by distinctive natural stones.
The Picards purchased the land in 2004, and moved into their new home in February of 2007.