Thursday, March 14, 2013

Signs, Signs, The George O. Baker House

The 1858 George O. Baker House will be open for Selma's Pilgrimage this weekend,
 and the sidewalk sign denotes it as an historic property. These signs 
are purchased by homeowners and not only distinguish the house
 as historic but help visitors easily find structures that are listed 
on the town's walking and driving tours. 
 
According to the description on the Selma Pilgrimage website,

 "the Neo-Classic architecture features a front porch with pillars
 and a small cupola that was saved after a fire destroyed the second floor.
 Lincrusta, a wall covering made to simulate hand-tooled leather,
 highlights the front hall and dining room, and door panels hand-painted
 by the Baker daughters (who were cousins of Tiffany artist Clara Weaver Parrish)
 add a personal touch of fine art.

Baker was a mining engineer who had coal and gold mines, but he is best known
 for founding Selma first cottonseed mill and developing uses for cottonseed oil.
 A native of Philadelphia, Pa., he brought craftsmen from there to build this house.




4 comments:

islandwonder said...

Love the large Azalea. Nice photo!

Fairhope Supply Co. said...

I would love to see the interior of this house someday! I'll just have to find time to go on the Pilgrimage.

Navigating Northward said...

What a beautiful home. You live in a lovely area!

Barbara Farr said...

Nice home.