Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Brasher Home (ca. 1895)

The Victorian home at 233 Owen Avenue in Jonesboro was originally built by W.H. Lewis in the 1890s. The home is listed on the Jefferson County Historic Register as the Hoster House. In 1901 a photo of the house was featured in a special edition of The Bessemer Weekly along with a brief bio of Louis Hoster. Mr. Hoster was President and Treasurer of the Bessemer Foundry and Machine Company.
On of the home's finest features is a wrap-around porch supported with 13 columns. The house is 3 levels with a staircase leading from the foyer to the second level, and stairs to the 3rd floor. Original pine floors remain in the foyer, living room & dining room. Kitchen, rear foyer and bath floors have been updated with tile.
The 3900 square foot home has 7 fireplaces with mantels. The mantels in the foyer, living room & dining room have very ornate carving, and have been completely refinished. The house has crown molding in 7 rooms. Ceilings are 12 ft. high.
The home is beautifully landscaped with a garden in back yard has walkways entering to center where there is a 15-foot, 5-tier fountain falling into a round pond. The gardens also feature a 12 x 24 gazebo. Walkways all around house with a garden on the left side of the house.
Terry and Anita Brasher purchased the home in 1993.


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