Kirkwood

111 Kirkwood Dr., Eutaw, Alabama

A historic plantation house in Eutaw, Alabama.

Photos 

Historic American Buildings Survey W. N. Manning, Photographer, APRIL 4, 1934. FRONT VIEW.

Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey

Map 

Description 

Kirkwood is a historic plantation house in Eutaw, Alabama. The house was recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey in 1934 and by Carol M. Highsmith in 2010. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 17, 1976, due to its architectural significance.

Kirkwood is built in the Greek Revival style with Italianate influences. Foster M. Kirksey began building the house in 1858. Construction was halted by the American Civil War, leaving several features of the houses incomplete. The house is wood framed with two primary floors and a large cupola crowning the low-pitched hipped roof. The roof eaves are ornamented with wooden brackets. A monumentally scaled portico with Ionic columns wraps around two sides of the house. The balcony railings, cupola, and several minor features were completed in the 1970s, when Roy and Mary Swayze restored the house. The Swayze family was awarded a National Trust for Historic Preservation Honor Award in 1982 for their restoration efforts.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 17, 1976
Reference number
76000327
Architectural style
Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Single dwelling
Period of significance
1850-1874
Significant year
ca. 1857

Update Log 

  • May 12, 2012: Imported photos from HABS/HAER
  • May 25, 2011: Updated by WillyT: Added description

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