Cowan-Ramser House

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In 1935, the Cowan-Ramser house was photographed for (HABS) Historic American Building Survey. It was one of eight historic Eufaula structures recorded during this time. In addition, it is one of the oldest surviving Greek Revival residences in Eufaula, built circa 1840.

 

Although the home was last used as White’s Funeral Home, the house was originally built as a private residence for William Cowan, one of Eufaula’s earliest physicians. Cowan and his wife had eight children, three of whom tragically died young. They also raised his wife’s orphaned brother. The couple’s daughters married wealthy district attorneys or state senators. One of Cowan’s sons served as an officer during the Civil War. In 1859, after Cowan’s death, one of his sons inherited the property. A few years later, in 1862, tragedy struck after a member of the Cowan family known for sleepwalking fell from the porch balcony becoming paralyzed. After the Civil War, the property was sold to Jacob Ramser, a Swiss furniture craftsman. While living in Eufaula, he married, became a member of the city council, and held the position of mayor as well as superintendent of education. Ramser and his wife had four children. After his death in 1892, his son inherited the property.

Cowan-Ramser House

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The Lewis family purchased the property around 1948 and the house was renovated for use as White’s Funeral Home. Today, the house is owned by a family member living in Florida.
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For decades, the Lewis family operated a funeral business downstairs and lived upstairs. When Colonel White passed away, they decided to close the funeral business. His wife continued to live in the house until her death in 2004.
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In 2017, a wind storm damaged the roof and broke several windows. The storm damage was exacerbated by Hurricane Michael a year later.
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After the funeral business closed, the family left everything behind.

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An upstairs room used as a dining room.
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The old home suffers from severe water intrusion and deteriorates further with each passing day. The owners have applied for an emergency loan from the Alabama Trust’s Endangered Property Trust Fund, but this loan cannot cover the costs.
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An upstairs bedroom shows the extent of the water damage. Chunks of plaster from the ceiling cover the floor.
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The Eufaula Heritage Association is supporting the restoration of the house. Places in Peril listed the house in 2019 to provide statewide awareness of the ongoing issue.

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15 Replies to “Cowan-Ramser House”

  1. There is a very intriguing ‘History Channel’ Documentary put out in the year 2008, titled ‘Life without People’. That I as an admirer of images of abandoned abodes really enjoyed watching, it’s about the time line of how long the natural world in only which plants, trees and animals of nature only reside upon planet earth. How long it takes plants and trees by way of bird dropped seeds and creeping roots expand in cracks of walls and concrete to reclaim buildings and homes. It based upon if all of mankind was removed, as in was to suddenly vanish. An amazing document you may wish to watch. I especially enjoyed the rusting old car. As for sleep walking, it is a hazardous condition indeed. Thank you kindly for providing yet another presentation of the past through past southern generations. You wouldn’t know of the year, make and model of that old car would you? I would like to on line search what it looked like showroom new at the car dealer.

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    1. I thought the car was pretty cool too and I love this picture so much I think I want to print it and put it on my wall, its perfect. The rusty old car with the big spooky house in the background! So COOL!!!
      I think this image is what a good scary movie is based off of, JS

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  2. Thanks Larry Davis – I guess that open back door throw me as well as the worn chrome trim around the rear window. Not to mention I wasn’t out of the box (born) yet for another five years. 🙂

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