Tag Archives: Clayton

Queen Anne Victorian-Clayton, Alabama

This Queen Anne Victorian was built in 1904 and was listed for $60,000 in 2021.

Eclectic House-Clayton, Alabama

I am a newbie to identifying house structures, but I have stared at this quirky home a few different times. Tax records indicate it was built in 1870. It is on a street of similar-aged homes.

I believe this home started out as a wooden Gothic Revival. At some point, another gable or feature was removed to add the Colonial Revival-esque columns. The windows are not original. I do wonder when brick was added to the facade.

Octagon House-Clayton, Alabama

This photo is featured on the Alabama Tourism site.

The Petty-Roberts House, commonly known as The Octagon House, is one of two octagon houses built in Alabama. It is the only one that still stands. The home was built between 1859 and 1861 using a method called “gravel walls,” a mixture of sand, gravel, and water. The seventeen-inch thick walls helped keep the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It is a three-story home with a cupola. A basement serves as a living space, too. At the time of the 1860 Slave Census, Petty enslaved two men in their thirties. I could not find any information as to where they stayed on the property.

During the Civil War, it was occupied by Union Brevet Maj. Gen. Benjamin H. Grierson. Benjamin Franklin Perry, the first owner of the home, offered it to the Union troops in hopes it wouldn’t be destroyed while the town of Clayton was occupied.

A fuller history of the house can be read on the Encyclopedia of Alabama’s website.

Eclectic Queen Anne Cottage-Clayton, Alabama

Clayton, Alabama needs to declare the area around its downtown area a historic district. There are so many beautiful houses and a few churches in the surrounding area that need this recognition. It would also help keep the history of the buildings.

The build date for this home is 1885. That is all I can find.