Banker’s House

In 1870, the East Alabama Female College burned and the college was closed. 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.

Banker's House
Completed in 1892, the house has an eclectic late Victorian-era design that features an asymmetrical facade, a dominant front-facing gable, overhanging eaves, and polygonal towers.
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
An upstairs bathroom
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.

Banker's House

Banker's House
Over the years, several additions were made to the home including the second-story screened in porch and this solarium on the first floor.
Banker's House
Added to the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district, these old homes paved the way for subsequent development.

15 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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  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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