Platt-Lewis House at Selma, AL (built ca. 1849; listed on the NRHP)

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This two-story Italianate-style home was built around 1849. It has elaborately bracketed eaves and woodwork. The house was purchased by Charles Lewis in 1856. According to local accounts, the home was saved from burning and looting during the Battle of Selma because Mr. Lewis was a Mason; it was saved by a fellow Mason, a Yankee Lieutenant. The Victorian octagonal extension on the back corner of the house was added around 1900.

This home 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 626 Selma Avenue in Selma (GPS coordinates 32.406913,-87.025052).

This is a private residence – drive by only.

Sources: 1) NRHP “Old Town Historic District” Registration Form; 2) Selma’s Architecture and History Tour (A Self-Guided Driving Tour); 3) Alabama’s Tapestry of Historic Places 1978, by the Alabama Historical Commission.

Photographs courtesy of RuralSWAlabama.

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