There are many different types of houses constructed these days. Fortunately, many of the houses that were constructed hundreds of years ago remain standing today so we can enjoy their lovely architectural style. Listed below are 8 uniquely-designed houses in Alabama that will have you doing a double-take.
1. Dogtrot House - Ashville, AL
The dogtrot is a style of house that was popular throughout the Southeastern United States during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The John Looney House (pictured above) near Ashville, Alabama is a rare example of a full two-story dogtrot. This dogtrot house was built circa 1820 and is used as a museum today.
2. Petty-Roberts-Beatty Octagon House - Clayton, AL
The Petty-Roberts-Beatty House was built in 1861 and is also known as the "Octagon House." This unique house is located in Clayton on 103 N Midway St, and it is one of the only two antebellum octagonal houses built in Alabama.
3. Laguna Key Taj Mahal - Gulf Shores, AL
Every time I'm on the beach in Gulf Shores, this beach house, or beach MANSION, always catches my eye. There aren't many beach houses that look like this. Surprisingly, this GORGEOUS beach MANSION is rental property. It has 6 bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms and can sleep up to 20 people. So, gather up your friends and family and make your reservation TODAY!
4. Mosher Castle - Fairhope, AL
Nestled in the woods near downtown Fairhope stands Mosher Castle, also known as "Fairhope's Storybook Castle." Surprisingly, Mosher Castle is a private residence. It must be such a MAGICAL place to live! Visitors are allowed to photograph the exterior of Mosher Castle, but must contact the owner beforehand to view the interior.
5. Frank Lloyd Wright's Rosenbaum House - Florence, AL
Built in 1939, the Rosenbaum House is the only Wright building in Alabama, and it's located at: 601 Riverview Dr, Florence, AL 35630.
6. Tacon-Barfield Mansion - Mobile, AL
This GORGEOUS Victorian-style mansion, built in 1901, is located on 1216 Government Street in Mobile.
7. Kildare-McCormick House - Huntsville, AL
This historic Queen Anne-style, 40-room mansion was built between the years 1886-87, and the early owners helped develop the city of Huntsville.
8. Vestavia Country Home of George B. Ward - Birmingham, AL
This Roman-inspired estate was built by George B. Ward, former mayor of Birmingham, on the summit of Shades Mountain. He completed the construction of his estate, which he called Vestavia, in 1929. In 1950, the city of Vestavia Hills was incorporated. In 1958, Vestavia Hills Baptist Church bought the property. Sadly, the church demolished the house in 1971, but they donated the smaller Sibyl Temple (the estate's garden gazebo) to the Vestavia Hills Garden Club and it now sits on the mountain at Hwy 31. Even though we can no longer view this beautiful home, we're fortunate to have pictures that remind us of its former uniqueness.