Banker’s House

In 1870, the East Alabama Female College burned to the ground and closed shortly after. The property was sold to the son of the county’s oldest and most successful merchant. He built this highly ornamental home on the site of the former college as a gift for his new bride.

Bankers House
Completed in 1892, the house has an eclectic late Victorian-era design with an asymmetrical facade, dominant front-facing gable, overhanging eaves, and polygonal tower.
Banker's House
The eclectic style is typical of the late Victorian period. Certain elements of the home, for example, the main entry transom and sidelights suggest a much earlier Greek Revival style.

Banker's House

Banker's House

Banker's House

Banker's House

 

Banker's House

Banker's House

Banker's House
All renovations have ceased and the property is currently owned by the city. A local university occasionally holds a class on historic preservation in the home.

Bankers House

Banker's House

Banker's House
Over the years, several additions were made to the home including a second-story screened-in porch and a solarium downstairs.
Banker's House
The banker’s house is one of eight historic homes that were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985 as a historic district. These homes paved the way for future subsequent development.

In 2018, the out-of-state owner contacted a local college and wanted to know whether architecture students could develop a proposal for what to do with the aging home. While the owner never attended the college, his mother, brother, and nephew are all alumni. With faculty oversight, the students wanted to draw up plans to turn the home into a bed and breakfast or wedding venue. After students submitted proposals to the owner, he awarded the top three students a scholarship. He also told faculty he had funding to renovate the house and use it as a lab for learning about historic preservation and restoration. In what was planned as a two-year project, students would observe and assist contractors as they renovate the house. Due to liability concerns, students cannot work as laborers, but they are responsible for the architectural drawings and conducting historic research.

16 Replies to “Banker’s House”

      1. Since a local school sometimes tours for a preservation class, you might attach to them and monitor the class if they are willing. The government owns it now (for taxes probably), and you might arrange a solitary tour for research and publishing purposes. Hey, a paragraph in a blog is still publishing 😬

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  1. Hello, I have a weird hobby of learning about the past through abandoned buildings. I particularly enjoy abandoned mental hospitals and asylums. I absolutely love your site, I’ve been binge reading lol. Would there be any chance you would explore Selma, Alabama? My family is from there and the city has been on a rapid decline and there’s tons of abandoned buildings and even an abandoned Air Force base.

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    1. Many years ago I lived in Selma for about 10 years. That’s when Craig airforce base was a very active base training pilots for the air force. I thought that when Craig closed lots of industry moved in. Are they gone now?

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  2. I spent the last 4 years renovating/refurbishing a 1924 craftsman in Birmingham Al. i’m putting it on the market Jan1 and am looking for another project. Do you come across homes that have ocean access that are for sale? i’m looking for something around Jacksonville Florida area.

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