Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Ball House (1902)


The Ball House at 1407 Minnesota Avenue is one of six remaining houses on Minnesota Avenue with the same history. Commissioned by Don H. Bacon, Chairman of Tennessse Coal and Iron Company in 1901 they were designed by Birmingham's leading architectual firm of the time Wheelock, Joy and Wheelock at the cost of $1,805.00 each. This row of 7 "Queen Anne" style frame houses, sometimes called "Silk Stocking Row" were built by Birmingham contractor C. D. Ratliffe. The houses were built to house the families and the management of The Muscoda Mines - the largest in the Birmingham District.
Before moving to the area, Edwin Ball was manager of the Minnesota Iron Company. He became general manager of TCI's ore mines.
Jefferson County plaque number 1028, Superintendants House. Built in 1902. Master write up in the BHHA archive.
Bill Aroosian and Jeff Solomon are restoring the home.

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