Julian Smith, a businessman and surveyor in Selma, built Ashford from 1899-1903. This two-and-one-half story Neo-Classical designed house is constructed of brick with rough-cut stone. Thirty white columns surround the home on the outside and seven columns support the inside. Other features include a two-story circular central portico with soaring Corinthian columns, a one-story wraparound porch with fluted Ionic columns, double entry doors with glazing, leaded glass sidelights and elliptical leaded glass fanlight and double doors with glazing, sidelights and fanlight on the second story.
This house is a contributing property to Selma’s “Old Town Historic District” that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). It is located at 627 Church Street in Selma (GPS coordinates 32.413253,-87.026043).
This is a private residence – drive by only.
Sources: 1) NRHP “Old Town Historic District” Document; 2) Selma’s Architecture and History (a self-guided driving tour); 3) selmapilgrimage.com.