Tuesday, August 22, 2006

"Hillcrest," The E. L. Huey House (1908)

The Marks Home at 305 7th Street South is a Jonesboro landmark. E.L. Huey built the classic American Foursquare in 1908 and named it "Hillcrest."
The home features most hallmarks of the Foursquare including a low-pitched pyramidal roof with widely overhanging eaves, two stories with a one story wing, and an asymmetrical porch with massive square supports.
An eclectic detail sets the home apart from others of the same style. The porch entry is a striking, buff brick archway that rises above the porch roofline. The arch is mirrored in a semi-circular fanlight gracing the front door.
Mr. Huey came to the city from Marion Alabama in 1887, the year Bessemer was incorporated. He and Chambers McAdory founded the E.L. Huey Furniture Company in 1905. The first location of E.L. Huey Furniture was on Second Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets. It was moved to 1919 3rd Avenue in 1907 and remained a fixture in Bessemer for decades.


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