A rare example in northern Alabama of Spanish Eclectic architecture
Speculators began to buy up farmland and lay plans for subdivisions. One such plan was named Ford City, and the Carter House was one of the first spec homes to be built.
Henry Ford's grandiose plans never materialized as public outcry over private ownership of the Wilson Dam facilities versus public ownership. Ford pulled out and the planned metropolis never came to fruition.
Clyde Carter bought the spec house and surrounding land at auction, to settle liens against the developer. He finished the house and lived there while farming the surrounding land.
The following information came from the nomination to the NRHP.
"Nestled in an agrarian setting, the Clyde Carter House is a finely articulated example of a Spanish Eclectic cottage. Located in Ford City outside the North Alabama tri-city area that includes the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals and Sheffield, the Clyde Carter House is located on Lots 5 and 6, and the South Half of Lot No. 7 in what was originally called the Bernard Subdivision of Ford City. An interesting farmhouse, the dwelling sits amidst some 24 acres of farmland. Today it is a working farm as it has been for more than fifty years."
"Built in 1924, the Clyde Carter House is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places based on Criterion C in the area of architecture as an example of a Spanish Eclectic cottage. The style is rare in the North Alabama region and a modern anomaly of metropolitan life in its agrarian setting. The stucco-clad walls and its articulation emphasize its unique place as a farmhouse in northern Alabama."
Quotations from the National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form prepared by Linda Ford, Preservation Consultant of Ford Consulting and Christy Anderson, AHC Reviewer of the Alabama Historical Commission, August 12. 2002. A link to the document is listed below under "Sources."