Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
George Gilliam Steele, one of Huntsville's preeminent architects, designed and built Oak Place as his country residence circa 1840 on 320 acres.
An outstanding example of Early Greek Revival architecture, it was unique for the period with its split-level style, English basement, sliding pocket doors, and other unusual architectural features.
Oak Place was occupied by Union troops during the Civil War and served as headquarters for General Joe Wheeler when a military camp was established in Huntsville during the Spanish-American War.
Purchased by the East Huntsville Baptist Church in 1960 and renovated in 1980.
Historic American Building Survey (HABS) - 1934
National Register of Historic Places - 1974
Erected 2002 by Alabama Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • War, Spanish-American • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
Location. 34° 44.658′ N, 86° 33.894′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 808 Maysville Road Northeast, Huntsville AL 35801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dallas (Optimist) Park / (Dallas) Optimist Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Five Points Historic District (approx. 0.7 miles away); Dallas Mills and Village / Rison School (approx. 0.8 miles away); Maple Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.9 miles away); Goldsmith-Schiffman Field (approx. 0.9 miles away); Twickenham Historic District (approx. one mile away); Site of Green Academy (approx. one mile away); a different marker also named Twickenham Historic District (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
Also see . . . Oak Place (Huntsville, Alabama). Wikipedia entry on the mansion. (Submitted on August 5, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.)
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