Tallahassee in Leon County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Rutgers House/Tallahassee Garden Club Center
This house was built by George Proctor, a free African American in 1848 for City Councilman and Territorial Treasurer Henry Rutgers. The doors and woodwork were fashioned from mahogany, and other lumber was hand-hewn from native trees. Bricks came from a local kiln. The house's Georgian architecture features a double-pile center hall plan with tripartite front windows. A parterre garden design, popular in the 1800s, featured beds lined with boxwood. The grounds contained a smokehouse, outdoor kitchen, large carriage house, and pasture for livestock. Two rooms were added in the late 1800s. Erastus Clark bought the house from the Rutgers family in 1893, and his descendants occupied the home until the 1950s. An indoor kitchen and wainscoting were added in 1926. The original property stretched from McDaniel Street and Meridian Road to the present half-city block. The Tallahassee Garden Club purchased the property in 1954. The Rutgers House was listed in the National Register of Historical Places in 1979 as a contributing property in the Calhoun Street Historic District. The house is also a contributing property in the Tallahassee-Leon County Register of Historic Places' Calhoun Street Special Character District.
Tallahassee Garden Club Center
Erected 2016 by The Families of Robert A. and David F. Lee, in Memory of Edna Eubanks Lee,
Location. 30° 26.835′ N, 84° 16.762′ W. Marker is in Tallahassee, Florida, in Leon County. Marker is on North Calhoun Street north of East Carolina Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 507 North Calhoun Street, Tallahassee FL 32301, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Governor William Dunnington Bloxham House 1844 / Governor Bloxham House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Leon High School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Leon County's American Revolutionary War Soldiers (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Knott House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Trinity United Methodist Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lafayette Township Grant (approx. 0.4 miles away); Prince And Princess Murat (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tallahassee.
Also see . . . Tallahassee Garden Club. (Submitted on December 1, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
Categories. • Architecture • Horticulture & Forestry •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 1, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.