The Wesley Plattenburg House is a historic house in Selma, AL. Featuring a unique combination of the Greek Revival and Italianate styles, it was completed in 1842 for Wesley Plattenburg. Plattenburg was born on April 13, 1803 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. He had relocated to Selma and had assumed the occupation of tailor by 1829. Plattenburg became a successful merchant and served on the city council of Selma for many years.
This house was once at the center of a 2,200-acre plantation that Plattenburg inherited from a close friend, Mr. Wood, upon his death. Plattenburg took up the vocation of planter after receiving the property. The house is one of only a few structures remaining in the city that is identifiable on a map of the Battle of Selma. The city eventually grew to completely encompass the site. The house was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on March 22, 1991 and to the National Register of Historic Places on February 3, 1993. It was listed on Alabama’s Places in Peril in 2005.
This building is located at the intersection of Washington Street and Furniss Avenue at Selma, AL (GPS coordinates N32.413878,W87.022517).
B&W photograph courtesy U. S. Library of Congress, photographer: W. N. Manning, photograph date: March 18, 1934.