Church of the Holy Cross, Uniontown AL - And More Uniontown

Friday, February 13, 2009

Every time we go through Uniontown, I have to stop and take pics of this church - it is the Church of the Holy Cross (this congregation had services here in 1848 for the first time but the building was replaced with this brick church in 1900):

The historic marker mentions that it was designed by Edwin H. Oliver of New Orleans in the Arts and Crafts style and was inspired by the design of a 10th-century chapel in Amiens, France. The church that everyone thinks of in Amiens is the huge gothic Cathedral of Our Lady of Amiens so it must be another.

The historic marker reads: "It has a cruciform plan with a bellcote at the juncture of the cross gables. The lateral walls are reinforced by small buttresses, while shed and gable dormers enliven the roof line. Stained glass windows memorialize prominent parish families. The triple-arched chancel window above the altar is a Tiffany window designed by noted Selma artist Clara Weaver Parrish."

Here is a star of David window:

...and how many churches do you know with a Confederate Battle Flag window?:

If you stand at the Church of the Holy Cross, you can see a home called Co-Nita Manor. This is a pic of it from 2006:

...and from 2007 - it isn't getting any better-looking:
Here it is in December of 2008. One of my friends who grew up in Selma was telling me the history of this home. It was built in 1906 by S.L. Coleman. Ohmystars, just look at this one picture of the stairway inside. There's some discussion if this home was furnished throughout with Greene and Greene-designed furniture (besides architectural style, Greene and Greene was known for Arts and Crafts-style pieces). I can't imagine that style of furnishings inside this home, but maybe...

This house below is the house that Av and I considered buying when we were first married. This house is also in Uniontown and was ridiculously inexpensive (I remember thinking that I had a credit card that would cover it entirely. Not that you would ever buy real estate via Mastercard, but you know...). Anyway, I was working at the time and love to daydream and somehow thought that it would be incredibly charming to have a sweet-sweet home in Uniontown to get away to on the weekends:

Oh this house! Besides it had a really wonderful history, it had gorgeous everything inside. Mantels, flooring, old-glass-wavy windows, pocket doors, it was just this fantastic house. It felt like two houses, because there was the main part of the house and in the back was a hallway to a completely different "house". You can see it in this picture:

The terrible thing was that the current owner had installed ceiling tiles. Like...ceiling tiles in an office ceiling tiles! And he was doing all sorts of other crazy what he thought were making-it-modern touches that would just almost make you ill. I remember something weird in the kitchen but not what exactly. And something else odd on a fireplace. Just ruining that house! Oh!!
Well, Av and I were newlyweds and really not do-it-yourself-ers so it's a good thing that those changes turned us off to buying the house. It would not have been a good time to have been spending that kind of money with us just getting started, either, so it's been all for the best...but...

Gosh I still love looking at the realtor's website and daydreaming about all these fabulous old houses going so inexpensively in places like Uniontown and Selma and Marion and Demopolis that would be worth a couple million anywhere else (like where we live now)...ahhh...

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