Green Pryor Rice House

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Green Pryor Rice House
FRONT and SIDE, SHOWING MOLDED BRICK CORNICE - Rather-Rice-Gilchrist House, Bluff City Road vicinity, Somerville, Morgan County, AL HABS ALA,52-SOMVI,2-1.tif
The house in 1933
Green Pryor Rice House is located in Alabama
Green Pryor Rice House
Green Pryor Rice House is located in the US
Green Pryor Rice House
LocationSomerville, Alabama
Coordinates34°28′27″N 86°47′43″W / 34.47417°N 86.79528°W / 34.47417; -86.79528Coordinates: 34°28′27″N 86°47′43″W / 34.47417°N 86.79528°W / 34.47417; -86.79528
Area0.8 acres (0.32 ha)
Built1835 (1835)
Architectural styleTidewater Cottage
MPSTidewater Cottages in the Tennessee Valley TR
NRHP reference #86001546[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 9, 1986

The Green Pryor Rice House (also known as Gilchrist Place) is a historic residence in Somerville, Alabama. The house was built in the early 1830s by Matthew Cyrus Houston, a Virginian who was postmaster of Somerville and clerk of the circuit court. In 1837 the house was acquired by Green Pryor Rice, a judge and state senator. Two of Rice's grandsons who were born in the house also went on to political careers: Samuel D. Weakley was Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court and Malcolm Rice Patterson was Governor of Tennessee. The house is a Tidewater cottage, native to the southern Atlantic coast. The house is constructed of Flemish bond brick, and has two front entries, each with transoms. An unusual feature of the house is the corbelled brick cornice. A bungalow-style porch was added in 1927, but removed in 1984.[2] The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.[1]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (July 9, 2010). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved September 24, 2014.
  2. ^ Gamble, Robert S.; Tom Dolan (October 1985). "Green Pryor Rice House". Tidewater Cottages in the Tennessee Valley. National Park Service. Archived (PDF) from the original on September 25, 2014. Retrieved September 24, 2014. See also: "Accompanying photos". Archived (PDF) from the original on September 25, 2014. Retrieved September 24, 2014.