Sunday, March 04, 2007

UPDATE: The J. W. McDonald House (c. 1925)

The McDonald house is a beauty on two lots (the corner lot is shaded and private). It is a cross- gabled bungalow with English Craftsman details. The construction is brick on a stuccoed brick foundation.
It features a full-facade, gabled porch with half-timbering and stucco in the gable face. There's a small 6-light window flanked by vents. Notice the blocks, pediment moulding and other details.
Most of the windows are original 6-over-1 sash. The original side porch has been enclosed in glass.
In 1911, the home's original owner founded J. W. McDonald Furniture Company in Bessemer. The company was located at 1816 3rd Avenue, North.
This wonderful home at 1711 Dartmouth Avenue is available at last! The 3-bedroom, 2-bath house was originally listed last and then taken off the market. Now it's back and only $95,900.
Several of members of the Bessemer Historical Homeowners Association reside on the street.
The listing agent is Jerry Morris Realty (205)481-1551. See the listing at

UPDATE: This home sold and the new owners moved in last weekend. Welcome to Bessemer!


Blogger judd a hamilton said...

As the great grandson of the original owners I, Judd Hamilton, came to marvel at the simplistic beauty of this home. There are many wonderful stories and memories that linger in this wonderful American residence.

Saturday, 17 February, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the comment, Judd. If you haven't been to Bessemer recently, you should check out the old J. W. McDonald Furniture store on 3rd Avenue. Several buildings on the block have been restored. The false front has been removed from the old store and you can now see the McDonald name painted on the brick.

Sunday, 04 March, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imagine my surprise when I came upon my grandparent's home! I spent many Fridays and Saturdays spending the night with Wawa and Granddaddy. Many wonderful Sunday dinners with family members from near and far (Hey, Judd!) were eaten in the dining room. Wawa would extend the table clear to the front door on Thanksgiving. Afterward, we would go to the lot next door and pick up pecans. Grocery bags full! I could go on and on about the swings and plum tree in the backyard, the boys long bedroom with three twin beds and original cowboy fabric curtains. Pink and black tile in the front bath.

Like Judd, I always felt the home was simple yet beautiful. Much like the owners.

Allison McDonald Arnett

Saturday, 12 March, 2011  

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