It is a Tallassee landmark! Seven Gables, the great house at 650 Gilmer Avenue in the historic riverside city of Tallassee, was begun in 1939 for the prominent Alabama enterpreneur Roberts Blount (1893-1967). It has served as the home of two prominent Alabama families, the Blounts and the family of Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Ernest C. (Sonny) Hornsby.
Roberts' wife, Mildred Weedon Blount (1898-1981), who had considerable input in the design of the house, was the niece and heir of Alabama Governor Charles Henderson (1860-1937), who was governor fro 1915-1919.
The house, designed by architect George P. Turner of Birmingham, was planned to fit the existing foundations of an earlier Blount house, which had burned. Turner had studied in Philadelphia and his work was strongly influenced by the 18th century houses of the Pennsylvania countryside.
Seven Gables has the appearance of a house built during the Colonial period. It has a rhythmic variation of roof lines, facades and structural elements of the Colonial period. Seven Gables is built of stone, brick and frame.
The house is located on 9.61 acres of sweeping wooded grounds with gigantic oak trees. It has two stories and over 5400 square feet of interior space and contains 16 rooms- a foyer, living room, library/study, dining room, kitchen, butler's pantry with wet bar, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, solarium, and milady's office. There is bountiful closet spaces, with large sealed attic storage and basement storage.
In the foyer, the balusters of the broad formal staircase are intricately hand carved of poplar wood as is the living room mantlepiece and overmantle. The formal living room and dining roon have 11 foot ceilings, brass hardware on double doors and random width heart of pine floors.
Seven Gables' richly textured exterior and the sophisticated urban interior make a remarkable ensemble that has remained timeless for 67 years.
There have been several renovations of the house since it was constructed in 1939. In recent years Seven Gables has been completely updated with central heat and cooling, modern wiring and plumbing. The unique bathrooms and dressing rooms have remained as built, with detailed marble, tiles and murals. The house retains its original fine European chandeliers, rare Oriental carpets, and much of its antique French, English and American furniture and fixtures.
Seven Gables was purchased by the Blount Foundation of Montgomery and donated to the City of Tallassee. On July 27, 2004, Judge Hornsby and his wife Judy O'Daniel Hornsby donated some of the original furniture and collectibles to the City of Tallassee. The City of Tallassee has granted permission to the Tallassee Chamber of Commerce to occupy Seven Gables as its headquarters.
This wonderful piece of history is offered by the Tallassee Chamber of Commerce for rent for community and private events. The house can and has been utilized for reunions, weddings, receptions, showers and many other types of events. To check for avaiability of Seven Gables click here.
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