Borden Oaks

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Borden Oaks
Borden Oaks Plantation House Front Facade.JPG
Front facade in 2011
Borden Oaks is located in Alabama
Borden Oaks
Nearest city Greensboro, Alabama
Coordinates 32°43′4″N 87°41′21″W / 32.71778°N 87.68917°W / 32.71778; -87.68917Coordinates: 32°43′4″N 87°41′21″W / 32.71778°N 87.68917°W / 32.71778; -87.68917
Built 1835–37
Architectural style Federal; I-house
Governing body Private
MPS Plantation Houses of the Alabama Canebrake and Their Associated Outbuildings Multiple Property Submission
NRHP Reference # 94000685[1]
Added to NRHP July 7, 1994

Borden Oaks is a plantation and historic district near Greensboro, Alabama, USA. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 7, 1994 as a part of the Plantation Houses of the Alabama Canebrake and Their Associated Outbuildings Multiple Property Submission.[1][2]

History[edit]

The main house at Borden Oaks was built in 1835 by John Scott Gray and his wife, Martha Thompson Cocke Gray, on property given to them by Martha's father. The estate was initially named Locust Lawn.[3] John Scott Gray died on October 19, 1835, leaving Martha a widow. She would remain single for ten years.[4] Their child, John Ruffin Gray, would die in 1862 in the Battle of Fredericksburg. Martha remarried on November 3, 1845 to Richard Benjamin Borden, a widower originally from Carteret County, North Carolina.[4] Locust Lawn came to be known as Borden Oaks after their marriage.[3]

Architecture[edit]

The house is a two-story frame Federal style structure with a hipped roof. The front elevation is a five bay facade with a central two-tiered porch over the central bay and doorways. The upper and lower central doorways on the front facade have sidelights and transoms derived from a design published in Asher Benjamin's The Practice of Architecture (1833).[5] A two-story ell, with matching overall proportions, is attached to the rear of the house. The original porch was removed from the house after 1924 and the columns were reused on a house in nearby Greensboro, however several feet of the lower portion of each column was cut off to fit the new house. These were returned to a descendant and then owner of the property, Mary Esther Borden Coleman, when that later house was demolished in the late 20th century. They were returned to Borden Oaks and the porch rebuilt when the house was stabilized and exterior restored by Bestor Wynne Coleman, Mrs. Coleman's son. However, new paneled bases for the columns had to be fabricated to rebuild the portico in keeping with its original proportions.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ Plantation Houses of the Alabama Canebrake and Their Associated Outbuildings MPS NRIS Database, National Register of Historic Places. Retrieved 5 January 2009.
  3. ^ a b "A Brief Borden Family History". Magnolia and Peaches website. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  4. ^ a b "Hollow Square Plantations & Landmarks". Magnolia and Peaches website. Retrieved 2009-01-05. 
  5. ^ a b Cooper, Chip; Harry J. Knopke; Robert S. Gamble (1993). Silent in the Land. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: CKM Press. pp. 146, 178. ISBN 0-9636713-0-8. 

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