Column: Upcoming book will include rare photos of historic Green Street homes
This Tudor-style house was built from 1910 to 1911 and rebuilt by JD Matthews in 1933. Today it is owned by the Norton family.
Helen says the most photographed house is the Smith-Palmour-Estes House, a Queen Anne-style structure located at 446 Green Street. It is characterized by its gingerbread exterior. James Whitfield Smith, a cotton broker, was the first owner. The house was built around 1888. Smith was the father of Sidney O. Smith Sr.
Dr. WA Palmour bought the house from JW Smith for $ 12,000; Mrs. CV Nalley bought it for $ 5,200 in 1941; Marvin Lawson paid him $ 7,000 in 1942; and Henry Estes bought it in 1944 for $ 12,000.
The author of the book includes little nuggets of history, such as JW Smith planting a tree that still grows in the front yard.
The Hosch House at 424 Green St. is unique and historic in many ways. It has been in the same family since it was built in 1907 by Mr. and Mrs. John Hosch, grandparents of Heyward Hosch Jr., who grew up in the house and still live there.
Helen’s book is dedicated to her cousin who is Heyward Hosch’s late wife, Marian Martin Hosch. The Hosches helped Helen with her research on Green Street homes.
The outbuildings are as historic as the house, including a barn, garage and log cabin, all built around the time the house was built. Heyward Hosch recently restored the cabin.
In addition to detailing the architecture and history of Green Street homes, Helen has photographs and backgrounds of homes that have been demolished. Oliver A. Carter’s house was razed in the late 1960s to make way for the Times building at 345 Green St. The parking lot at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center replaced the Redwine House at 502 Green Street. can now be found in the former homes of the John Hulseys and the Dixons.
The First Baptist Church in Gainesville is on the site of the former HH Dean House, which burned down. The WA Crow house was once located where the main Gainesville post office is today.
Helen says at least 25 houses disappeared from the street bounty in the 1940s and 1950s.
âBeyond Gems and Greatnessâ is available for $ 30 hardcover or $ 20 softcover. It can be pre-ordered from Helen Martin at [email protected], or you can pick one up at her book signing, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18, in the atrium of the Central Baptist Church at 785 Main Street SW.
Johnny Vardeman is retired editor of The Times. He can be reached at 2183 Pine Tree Circle NE, Gainesville, GA 30501; telephone, 770-532-2326; e-mail, [email protected] His column is published every week.