a colonial revival in Guntersville, AL to be saved, front exterior
Photo: Parker Rose

A Doctor's House Rebuilt Post-Fire

Published March 2016
Price: Free (must be moved)
Location: Guntersville, Alabama
Contact: Roy Bryant, 256-558-5828; roydbryant@charter.net
The history: As a prominent local physician, L. D. Lusk would have needed a house that could double as an office. So when he built his family home, around 1880, he erected an elaborate center-hall Colonial Revival, which no doubt would have instilled a sense of confidence in visiting patients. In 1915, he passed away, leaving the home to his daughter and son-in-law. That house burned down in 1931, but when the family, apparently quite fond of the original, decided to rebuild, in 1939, they erected a near-replica on the same site, this time opting for fire-resistant brick in place of wood siding. The house stayed in the family for several generations—until Lusk's great-great-granddaughter sold it and the surrounding parcel to an adjacent church, in 2013. Now, the church would like to build on the land and is offering the house for free to anyone with the means to move it.

Shown: The spacious house boasts five bedrooms and three bathrooms. The graceful exterior features elongated sunburst-fan details over the first-floor windows.
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