Twickenham Historic District, Huntsville Alabama, 35801, Historic Homes Architecture-Part 2
Twickenham Historic District: Historic Homes and Architecture.
Madison and Huntsville Alabama are not lacking for a variety of home styles and I'd be glad to help you tour any home in the area that meets your needs when you're ready to move up or downsize. One area of Huntsville Alabama that's particularly protective of its architecture is the Twickenham Historic District.
The Twickenham Historic District is recognized for its beautiful homes, most of which are, of course, historic. The homes in the district have played various roles throughout Huntsville’s history. Some were used as soldiers’ quarters during the Civil War; some are the birthplace of recognized people. Several of these homes of various architectural styles have been included in the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) of 1935.
To give an overview of the variety of styles located in the small Twickenham Historic District, I'll highlight a few of the historic
homes. The first is the Albert Erskine House, which was built in 1818 and is located at 527 Franklin Street. This home exemplifies the Federal styling, which is defined by balanced proportions, a fanlight over the front door and sidelights framing it, as well as Classical or Greek detailing in the entryway. The Victorian style porch featured on this house was added in the late 19th century but complements the original, Federal styling. The Federal style is noted for having well-lit rooms; interestingly, the Erskine house is noted for having unusual blue glass panes, which are thought to be original, in two of the upstairs rooms. Supposedly, in the early 1800’s, it was thought that the sunlight shining through the panes alleviated the pain of those suffering with arthritis.
The Yeatman House was built in 1825 and is located at 528 Adams Street. This home is a two-story brick house with an Italianate entrance porch, which is recognized by the detailing and decorative double columns. This home was the birthplace of John C. Greenway, a prominent engineer in the Spanish American War.
Our Greek Revival feature is the McClung House, built in 1838 and located at 416 McClung Avenue; this home features the stylish Greek columns and temple-front entryway, in which the door is surrounded by rectangular sidelights. The McClung House was built was James McClung, a lawyer and legislator, whose family was prominent in the development of Knoxville, Tennessee.
The businesses and churches in the district also reflect the varying tastes of Huntsville’s architects. The Regions Bank Building is the last of the original buildings of early Huntsville on the public square and features the magnificent Greek Revival structure. It was built in 1835 and has been in service as a financial institution since it was built. The Church of the Nativity, built in 1859, and the First Presbyterian Church, built in 1860, are examples of the Gothic Revival style inspired by English parish churches of the Middle Ages.
The home pictured on the right is one of the few newer homes built in Twickenham. Just a couple of doors down from the McClung House this home is currently listed at $3,200,000
Living in the Twickenham Historic District puts all of Huntsville Alabama's history, beauty, and society at your front door.
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