Name This Place 12.4.4

The fourth and final building for today. Name This Place:



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  1. Spratt Herndon House aka Barrett House, Aberdeen

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    • “Begun, apparently as a one-story house, in 1844 for Henry Spratt, this house was given an elaborate two-story façade by Mrs. Edward Herndon, probably about 1870. It was a remarkable hip-foofed, wood-frame colonnaded I-house with Italianate and late Greek Revival features. Its most notable features were the eight paired “pierced columns” that made up its colonnade, an unusual paneled façade, and an elaborate cornice with paired brackets. It was demolished in 1938.”

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  2. this is that crazy mix of styles that one finds in the columbus and aberdeen areas—basic form, greek revival; obvious brackets, italianate; smaller details, gothic revival; then there is the ‘cottage orne’ style which mixes with all of these. all of this was easily cut on machines but, to folks at the time, looked fancy– the grander versions were like errolton, in columbus, where there was some rather hard work to mix the greek revival and gothic revival details. and, this kind–well, certainly ‘work’ but more easily done with a smaller number of workmen and probably enslaved laborers. this ‘style’ also appears on planter cottages–where the forms are greek revival and the only bit of fancy work are the ‘pierced posts’ of the porch supports.

    macon, columbus, aberdeen had a number of houses with this three-bay facade–sometimes with 4 single columns, sometimes with paired columns— the bldg owned(is it still?) by stevens auction company in aberdeen has this form but with grander greek revival columns—

    rest of the house is just a box–center hall, stair probably in the hall, usually a pair of rooms on either side.

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  3. the second carunzel post was not ‘up’ when i began writing mine— and was very interested to read that the ‘fancy work’ was done in 1870— where did this quote come from, i wonder? (yes, another question)–

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  4. i might add that the alabama ‘black belt’, with many economic and family ties to the columbus, aberdeen, macon area— trade routes along the tombigbee and connecting rivers–has/had many of the planter cottages with greco-italianate post supports; i lived in one of those houses ‘as a dorm’ when i during my senior year of high school at marion institute, marion, al—

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  5. Aberdeen had/has a relatively high number of structures with pierced columns, although these were likely the most exuberant!

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  6. The house sat at 303 E. Madison Street in Aberdeen, between Locust and Chestnut. Not many leftovers for batting cleanup today.

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