John Straiton, a graduate of Emory University, was Greensboro’s most prolific builder during the late 1800s and early 1900s. He is responsible for the construction of many of the finest structures in Greensboro. His work includes several imposing Queen Anne style dwellings and the Opera House. The Otts-Calhoun House was completed by Straiton for Robert Otts in 1892. Features of this one and a half story Queen Anne style structure include a complex roofline with end conical roof tower, four bay facade, partial width porch, decorative spindlework, brackets, turned posts, abundant use of stained glass, and decorative front gables. This house is located at 701 First Street in Greensboro (GPS coordinates 32.701337, -87.587615).
This is a private residence – drive by only.
Source: Hale County Alabama, An Inventory of Significant and Historic Resources, by the Cahaba Trace Commission.
Photographs courtesy of RuralSWAlabama.
NOTE: This house is featured site #71 on the Greensboro Historic Walking Tour. Tour brochures are available at a tourism kiosk that’s located on the southeast corner of Main and Beacon Streets at downtown Greensboro.