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The Dowe Houses

 
 
The Dowe Houses Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 12, 2014
1. The Dowe Houses Marker
Inscription. (side 1)
The three Dowe houses are a reminder of the residential neighborhood that existed here in the 19th century.

The main family residence, dating from 1863, was originally designed as an Italianate-style "raised cottage." But in 1908, the high porch, approached by twin curving stairs, was replaced by the present two-story columned portico. The house was built for John Dowe, an Irish-born grocer and confectioner, his wife Joanna, and their several children. Descendants continued to live here for nearly 150 years. The last member of the family to occupy the house was John Dowe III, who died in 2007 at the age of 97.
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In 1885, Joanna Dowe, by then a widow, constructed another house (below) just west of the older residence. Eclectic in style, the house was hailed by the local press as an "ornament to the city...a revolution in architecture and workmanship."

A third family home (right), built in the American Queen Anne style, dates from c. 1890. It faces Hull Street just behind the main residence.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1988, the three houses are protected by a preservation easement held by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
 
Erected
The Dowe Houses Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 28, 2016
2. The Dowe Houses Marker (reverse)
2012 by the Alabama Historical Commission.
 
Location. 32° 22.581′ N, 86° 18.235′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Washington Avenue and South Hull Street, on the left when traveling west on Washington Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Washington Avenue, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Governor Jones House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fred David Gray (about 400 feet away); Naval Heroes of the War of 1812 (about 500 feet away); Jonathan Coggswell Farley / Montgomery's First Election (about 500 feet away); Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church (about 500 feet away); History of the Alabama State Bar (about 500 feet away); Lucien Dunbibben Gardner (about 600 feet away); James Edwin Livingston (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
The Dowe Houses image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 12, 2014
3. The Dowe Houses
The Dowe Houses image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 12, 2014
4. The Dowe Houses
The Dowe Houses image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 12, 2014
5. The Dowe Houses
 
 
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