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.