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Chabannes - Sealy House
 
Chabannes - Sealy House Marker Side A Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, September 5, 2010
1. Chabannes - Sealy House Marker Side A
 
Inscription. The Chavannes - Sealy House was built in 1847 by Hollis C. Kidder. The house passed through several owners until it was sold in 1920 to Julia Nuzon Morris. Her daughter, Julia Morris, married Norbert Chabannes. That family lived here until the house was sold in 2003. Restored in 2005, the house exemplifies the Creole cottage style rarely seen as far north in Alabama as Tuscaloosa. It is distinguished by its gable roof sloping in an unbroken plane from front to back to accommodate a full-length gallery inset into the main body of the house.

Side B
The roof shelters an attic story. This house has the subtle changes that characterized inland examples of the Creole cottage where the roof pitch is less pronounced than in such cottages on the Gulf Coast.

When Tuscaloosa fell to Federal troops under General John Croxton in April 1865, horses were quartered in the front hall while soldiers searched the town for food and for Confederate Senator Robert Jemison, who eluded capture. Mounted in the front yard is a cast iron bell forty inches in diameter manufactured by the C.S. Bell Company in Ohio. For decades the bell remained buried upside down in the side yard, with only the bottom rim of the bell visible. The dates of its manufacture and its burial unknown.
 
Erected 2006
 
Chabannes - Sealy House Marker Side B Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, September 5, 2010
2. Chabannes - Sealy House Marker Side B
 
by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 33° 12.133′ N, 87° 33.917′ W. Marker is in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in Tuscaloosa County. Marker is at the intersection of Greensboro Avenue (State Highway 215) and 13th Street, on the right when traveling south on Greensboro Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1218 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa AL 35403, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Jemison Home (about 300 feet away, in a direct line); Historic Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Friedman Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. mile away); Tuscaloosa First United Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Greenwood Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. John The Baptist Catholic Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Tuscaloosa.
 
Chabannes - Sealy House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, September 5, 2010
3. Chabannes - Sealy House Marker
 
 
Chabannes - Sealy House Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, September 5, 2010
4. Chabannes - Sealy House Marker
 
 
Cast Iron Bell at the Chabannes - Sealy House Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, September 5, 2010
5. Cast Iron Bell at the Chabannes - Sealy House
 
 
Cast Iron Bell Markings (C.S. Bell Company Hillsboro Ohio) Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, September 5, 2010
6. Cast Iron Bell Markings (C.S. Bell Company Hillsboro Ohio)
 
 
Chabannes - Sealy House Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, September 5, 2010
7. Chabannes - Sealy House
 
 
Side View of the Chabannes - Sealy House Photo, Click for full size
By Tim & Renda Carr, September 5, 2010
8. Side View of the Chabannes - Sealy House
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 763 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 6, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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