Jemison-Vandegraaff House

Also known as: Friedman Library
1305 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Photos 

Jemison-van de Graaf-Burchfield House

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

View photos at Library of Congress

Map 

Description 

The house is significant as the home of Robert Jemison, a major Tuscaloosa area planter who developed early coal and ore mines in the District and financed the development of transportation systems. Jemison reflects the divergent economic outlook of the planter class in Alabama. The primary remaining structure associated with Jemison, this house contained some of the earliest examples in the state of domestic technologies -- interior plumbing and a coal-fired gas illuminating system. Extensive papers document Jemison's activities. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS AL-205)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 19, 1972
Reference number
72000185
Architectural style
Victorian: Italianate
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Library
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant year
ca. 1860

Update Log 

  • January 9, 2012: New photos from WillyT

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