Built prior to 1847, this is a two-story, Italianate home that has a full-height porch with front gable. Exterior features of the house include bay windows with a flat-cut balustrade on the first floor and second-story windows with trimmed hoods and balconets (railings outside the window that give the appearance of a balcony). The interior features a unique entrance hall and an unsupported, wide stepped, spiral stairway with walnut railing. The Burns-Bell House was the first house purchased for preservation and resale by the Selma-Dallas County Historic Preservation Society. It is a contributing property to Selma’s “Old Town Historic District” that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also included on Selma’s Architecture History Tour (A Self-Guided Driving Tour). This house is located at 412 Lauderdale Street in Selma, AL (GPS coordinates 32.411286, -87.022975).
This is now a private residence – drive by only.
Sources: 1) Selma’s Architecture and History Tour (A Self-Guided Driving Tour), prepared by Selma-Dallas County Tourism & Convention Bureau; 2) NRHP “Old Town Historic District” Registration Form.
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