Orrville Male Academy Building at Orrville, AL (built ca. 1850; recorded in HABS)

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The Orrville Male Academy building, or Ben Ellis Dunaway House, was built around 1850 as a boys’ academy. The contractor was Willis H. Green. In 1880, the building was converted into a home by Benjamin F. Ellis who was a Confederate veteran and prominent Orrville merchant. In 1923, the house was remodeled with interior renovations and a rear addition. This building was photographed and recorded in the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) in 1934.

The Orrville Male Academy building is located at the intersection of Academy Street and Broad Street South in Orrville (GPS coordinates 32.304346,-87.244809).

This is a private residence – drive by only.

Sources: 1) The Alabama Catalog: A Guide to the Early Architecture of the State, by Robert Gamble; 2) selmapilgrimage.org.

B&W photographs courtesy of the US Library of Congress (HABS), photographer: W. N. Manning, Date: March, 1934.


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