Gilchrist House (Cordova, Alabama)

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Gilchrist House
Gilchrist House in Cordova, Alabama.jpg
The house prior to its destruction
Gilchrist House (Cordova, Alabama) is located in Alabama
Gilchrist House (Cordova, Alabama)
Gilchrist House (Cordova, Alabama) is located in the US
Gilchrist House (Cordova, Alabama)
Nearest city Cordova, Alabama
Coordinates 33°38′4″N 87°21′23″W / 33.63444°N 87.35639°W / 33.63444; -87.35639Coordinates: 33°38′4″N 87°21′23″W / 33.63444°N 87.35639°W / 33.63444; -87.35639
Area less than one acre
Built 1812
NRHP reference # 72000188[1]
Added to NRHP March 24, 1972

The Gilchrist House was a historic farmhouse near Cordova in Walker County, Alabama. Built when Alabama was still a part of the Mississippi Territory, it was considered by architectural scholars as one of the oldest surviving houses in Alabama and the oldest structure in the central and western area of the state.[2][3] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 24, 1972.[1][2] It was destroyed by fire during the late 1990s, but the site remains listed on the National Register.[1]

History[edit]

The Gilchrist House was built by Edmon (also spelled Edmond, Edmund) Gilchrist, who migrated to Alabama from Edgefield, South Carolina. He first settled in Lowndes County, but relocated to Walker County and built the house in 1812 on land granted to him by the Federal government. The house was still owned by his descendants when it was listed on the National Register during the early 1970s.[2][3]

Architecture[edit]

The house was a two-story wooden timber frame structure, elevated on piers. The original portion was rectangular, with one upstairs room over one downstairs room. Bookend chimneys were present on each side of the two-story structure. A one-story side wing and a full-width porch were added in the late 1880s and early 1900s.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d W. Warner Floyd (December 1, 1971). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form: Gilchrist House" (PDF). Alabama Historical Commission. Alabama Historical Commission. Retrieved August 3, 2012. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "Walker Home Added To Register". The Tuscaloosa News. April 16, 1972. Retrieved August 3, 2012.