1839 – Eutaw, AL

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310 Eatman Ave, Eutaw, AL 35462

  • $139,000
  • 4 Bed
  • 3 Bath
  • 3178 Sq Ft
  • 3 Ac.
This raise-cottage style house was built by William F. Pierce, a lawyer and planter who was one of the earliest settlers in Eutaw. The main living area is on the second floor above a rez-de-chaussee, or full-house ground story, with walls 12 inches thick. The house is the typical four rooms over four with a wide center hall and double entrance doors. In 1879 John T. Brodnax acquired the home and incorporated many features of Gothic influence. An array of dependencies and a lattice well house remain on the property. This home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Call Heather for an appointment - (205) 372-7681. (Information obtained from Walking and Driving Guide to Historic Eutaw, Alabama) Keywords - residential, 3 acre property, 3178 Sq. Ft. house built in 1840, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, Greene County school district, zoned for Residential, Eutaw, AL 35462, outbuilding, road frontage.
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Jim Logan, Mossy Oak Properties,
(877) 377-5263

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  1. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11827 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    We missed out on the estate sale last year, link. Do I spy shutters and house parts?!! Check out the street view (link in the info box) to see the outbuildings, I believe one is a detached kitchen (I could be wrong but that’s what it looks like to me.)

    • RosewaterRosewater says: 6528 comments
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      1875 Italianate cottage
      Noblesville, IN

      Looks like a couple of interesting structures flanking the house left and right. They are small, w/ lattice work. I’m guessing that what we are looking at was originally the back of the house; the original approach being off Womack Ave., so they could be a service related somehow. The building adjacent and to the right with two rooms flanking a central chimney could be a kitchen; but that form is a pretty standard for “servants accommodations”, (won’t get into that), in these pre-war, deep Southern houses. Having a look from above shows a large, square building back beyond that which was probably the kitchen.

      • RosewaterRosewater says: 6528 comments
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        1875 Italianate cottage
        Noblesville, IN

        Jim’s NHRP link says the double room structure was “servant’s quarters”,the latticework pair “a pair of small matching square storehouses”, and the larger square structure “a large similar storehouse”. The documentarian guesses all ancillary structures were “post war”, but I would argue with that, as well as the “storehouses” theory. Just because there was random stuff in there at the time would not indicate original use. Still open to debate I’d say. Very cool set of dependencies..

    • John Shiflet says: 5471 comments

      Kelly, yes, those probably are the original outside shutters now sold and gone. There appears to be staircase balusters (spindles) a mantel, and other various parts. It would have been better to have kept them but given the modern flavored decor inside the house the sellers likely saw no need to keep them. The house sits on a large, 3 acre lot but was probably once a farm or plantation of hundreds of acres originally. Given that the exterior looks fairly unaltered, one could do whatever the new owner wanted inside including taking it back to an earlier period if so wished.

    • Karen says: 4 comments

      Please correct me if I am wrong, but I do not understand why so eom would “part” out a house in an estate sale (i.e. Shutters, mantles, etc.) it appears to me that half the shutters are remaining on the house and the other half sold? I would think the house would be more appealing and valuable keeping those type items with the existing house.

  2. Robt. W.Robt. W. says: 359 comments

    The exterior is quite striking; and it’s quite elegant by way of form and proportion, if slightly undone by way of some jarring/endearing quirks (the differing schemes of fenestration at the facade, for instance, where the ground floor windows fall not within the bays of the columniation by off-centered from the piers, but with the main floor done properly, each opening between the columns framing the fenestration.)

    Inside I was initially disappointed to find some late 19thC and more recent chimneypieces and detailing, but replacing these with good chimneypieces in Greek Revival and/or Romantic Revival style, and stripping away some really rather minor later additions is neither complicated nor expensive. Excepting the non-period chimneypieces, the upstairs spaces are really quite good and the place seems in good, solid condition. There’s nothing that I see that’s left to serious conjecture; it’s all pretty straightforward and make for an interesting and rewarding project to restore the mid-19thC character throughout.

    The ground floor is quite simple in character and markedly in contrast to the grander scale and better proportions and details upstairs on the main level. I’d restore the upper, principal level, and feel free reign on the lower story: to accommodate the kitchen, bathrooms (most anyway), service functions, etc., without obligation of a period restoration but simply design choices that are agreeable with the character of the exterior and the upstairs level.

    A fine house, some nice period outbuildings, a good opportunity for restoration, and a big plot of land for very little money.

  3. JimHJimH says: 5115 comments
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    The original approach from Womack with the gate is far more attractive; it’s curious why they changed the address. The NRHP info mentions the Carolina raised cottage type, later Italianate details unusual for this area, 14’9″ ceilings and the outbuildings. Apparently the house was restored in the 1970’s with alterations, replacement of mantels etc. Let’s hope the sold shutters and parts were from other homes, but it’s too late now to know.
    The owner died last year at 90, a grandma, writer and world traveler. Obit with some candid photos of the home:

    • says: 412 comments

      Perhaps they changed it for practical reasons – mail delivery, or if the assessment is affected by road frontage?

    • Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11827 comments

      1901 Folk Victorian
      Chestatee, GA

      What an amazing woman!

      Thanks Jim for finding those.

    • stephen says: 25 comments

      I’m confused again… The NRHP photo shows a stair on the Womack Street side of the house; the real estate photo does not. I assumed that the Womack Street facade was the original “front” of the building; however, without an exterior stair it wouldn’t do to have guests arrive to the basement to go up a rather ordinary staircase to the main floor. The exterior storage buildings have a type of construction typically used in the deep south for storage, not for dwelling: solid bottom and open ventilated tops. The servants quarters, to my mind, are post-Civil War — even late 19th century. Such a beautiful house! I wonder if the floor in the basement was originally brick…

  4. Daughter of GeorgeDaughter of George says: 1015 comments
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    1905 Neoclassic & 1937 Deco

    I love this house. Looks happy!

  5. Jenna Seward says: 56 comments

    thanks to Jim H for providing the link to her obit. I love her smile! I have just looked at her book on Amazon,(A Walk in the Dark) about “Autobiography of “a barefoot little country girl” from Gordo, Ala., who joined the Navy WAVES in 1943 to serve her country, and found herself decoding secret messages from battleships around the world.” She must of been a really interesting woman, and I LOVE her house! Thanks again!

  6. Paul W says: 470 comments

    I love the raised cottage form. The Exterior needs paint and I think in this case I might tend to a warmer cream or pale yellow with traditional dark sashes and doors. The top floor clearly needs a unifying period of interior design and a rococo “civil war” era interior might be appropriate as one could find both federal pieces and with some 1860’s Victorian pieces. I’m seeing a square grand piano, gasoliers, and more grand spaces here, especially given the high ceiling height and I’d be perfectly happy with a kitchen on the lower floor.

    Outside the house needs a dose of formality and order. A well thought out formal garden plan around the house with herb and vegetable gardens placed slightly farther away would have been appropriate for the period. The dependencies provide some good opportunity for guest house, artist studio, or perhaps as a historic display of the history of the house.

    There is a farm house I pass by frequently that has been turned in into a ‘farm museum’. They have brought in historic structures onto the site and do lectures on the weekends about farm life and based on the number of cars I see they are packed.

    In this case you already have historic structures and with the creation of grounds and gardens, I could see this house as a living history museum. It appears to be priced well for what is offered.

  7. says: 412 comments

    This house seems to be the ideal – reasonable price, nicely sited, not severely altered, and most important, in a town that seems to value historic buildings!

  8. Laurie W. says: 1745 comments

    Thank you all for the info & analysis. The old gal looks like she was a pistol & the Russian guards liked her too! Bet she is missed.

    Robert & Jim expressed essentially what I thought, looking at the photos — wish it hadn’t been Victorianized, especially the banisters & newel post and the fireplaces, but both are easily fixed along with the few other later changes. I don’t think the outbuildings look like they date only from the alterations either.

    It’s a good candidate for restoration without a fortune spent, and the large property & outbuildings could provide much beauty outside.

  9. Kelly, OHDKelly, OHD says: 11827 comments

    1901 Folk Victorian
    Chestatee, GA

    Uploaded photos of previous owners. Appreciate it Jim!

  10. says: 376 comments

    What a beauty! Eutaw, Alabama is a treasure of a town!

  11. JimHJimH says: 5115 comments
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    The recent owner of this house “fell in love” with Eutaw after visiting her daughter at her home, Basil Hall. Nice blog post on it – search Eutaw for more:

    Does anybody see the 14’9″ ceilings mentioned in the NRHP report for this house?

  12. says: 104 comments

    I did further reading about the lady who owned this house. She was really something. She joined the WAVES in 1943 and then started decoding secret messages from battleships around the world. How I wish she were still alive! What a lady to know and speak to about everything. I would love to buy that house, what history.

  13. susan mecca urbanczyk says: 4 comments

    This is my dream home and darn it, what a fabulous owner it had. She was amazing!!

    What happened to the outside stair case? It was beautiful and the home seems oddly unfinished without it. I would take out all the contemporary wall papers (only vintage or hand screened papers on a house like this); the modern flooring, modern light fixtures (needs a few rescued plantation chandeliers) and those dark colors that detract from the bones of the home.
    Oh, I would just walk from room to room with ideas and loving everything about this Southern beauty.

  14. Morethanyouknow says: 54 comments

    After a long and circuitous journey, this lovely house found a new owner today.


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