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Karsner-Carroll House - Florence, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lat34North
N 34° 48.090 W 087° 40.712
16S E 437933 N 3851240
Quick Description: The Karsner-Carroll House, aka Karsner ~ Kennedy House is a two story Federal Style cottage built by Benjamin F. Karsner from 1828 to 1831. The house stands at 301 North Pine Street, Florence, AL.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 7/8/2013 11:19:26 AM
Waymark Code: WMHG9A
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 3

Long Description:


Karsner ~ Kennedy House


The historic marker in front of the house tells us its history:
(side 1)
"The Karsner ~ Kennedy House is significant because of its architectural characteristics. Benjamin F. Karsner (1800-1867) of Maryland married Sarah Carter of Virginia in 1827. He was a prominent figure in Florence and at times he was a Justice of the Peace, Tax Assessor, and Commission Merchant. The Karsner home was constructed from 1828 to 1831. The two-story Federal Style cottage, uncommon to this area, was situated on lot No. 7 according to the original plat of Florence is drawn by the Cyprus Land Company. The house had 13-inch brick load-bearing exterior walls, broad pine plank floors and wood ceilings and roof framing. The main chimney was an integral part of the wall and not projected on the exterior. Other structures at the site included a smokehouse, root cellar, and cistern. The Karsner house was remodeled several times before a complete restoration to the original style in the early 1970s. In all modifications, the original structure of brick and wood remained basically unchanged.

After Mr. Karsner’s death in 1868, Mrs. Karsner remained in the house until her death in 1880. The Karsner family sold the house to Mary Fannie Hudson and it was used as residential rental property.

(side 2)
In 1907, Dr. George W. Carroll purchased the property. A few years thereafter, the house became the property of his oldest daughter Bertha Carroll, and her husband, Oscar Y. Kennedy. In 1971, the lot and house, then in a very dilapidated condition, were sold to the Florence Housing Authority as a part of the downtown urban renewal project. Under the supervision of Karl Tyree, Jr., executive director of the Housing Authority, the history of the house was carefully researched after which the structure was restored in 1971 – 1973 to its original style and condition. It became an addition to the Housing Authority’s central office. From this location, Tyree coordinated numerous major urban development projects in Florence.

Throughout its long history, the Karsner ~ Kennedy House has stood as one of the finest examples of Federal Style domestic architecture in the Tennessee Valley. In 1971, it became the second local entry, after Wilson Dam, and the 17th Alabama entry to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places."


More information:
City Administration: KARSNER-KENNEDY HOUSE HISTORICAL MARKER DEDICATION
Florence Historical Board to mark Karsner-Kennedy House
Daily Times - Early brick house gets historic marker
Street address:
301 North Pine Street
Florence, AL USA
35630


County / Borough / Parish: Lauderdale

Year listed: 1970

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Architecture/Engineering

Periods of significance: 1825-1849

Historic function: Domestic / Single Dwelling

Current function: Domestic / Single Dwelling

Privately owned?: no

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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