300 S Main Ave, Demopolis, AL 36732 $85,000
This wonderful fixer upper is known as the Meyer House. Built in 1890, it is part of the Demopolis Historic District, a 494 collection of homes and other structures built between 1820 and 1963.
The two-story frame Queen Anne has a pressed metal shingle hipped roof with cross gables and a 3-bay facade. Imbricated shingles decorate all the gable ends with a face band between levels. The windows in the bay are one-over-one, double hung, and the second story level has casement windows.
The home offers sun porches on the north and south sides. The Craftsman style replacement porch has brick pillars and apron walls. In addition, the three interior chimneys have corbelled and decorative chimney pots.
Old homes are usually named for the first owners or the family that lived there for the longest period of time. I couldn’t determine which Meyer family lived at 300 S. Main. Many German immigrants of the same name have lived in Demopolis.
I did discover, however, that the Stern family lived here in from the 1920s at least through the 1940s, perhaps longer. Henry A. Stern (1888-1967), a German Jewish immigrant, came to America in 1909. He owned a dry goods store in town. (A Meyers family owned a dry goods store at the turn of the century, so perhaps Stern purchased the store and house from them?)
Henry lived in the house with his wife Bessie, parents Max and Lena, and children Henry Jr., Morris, Max, Mary, Walter, Bessie and Otto. Henry Jr. was working as a salesman in the store as young as age 14. The family home was worth $13,000 in 1930.
This lovely old fixer upper home needs a new family! A beautiful staircase, hardwood floors, tall ceilings, pocket doors, arched doorways, and sunrooms with an abundance of windows are some of the lovely features in this historic home. If you are looking for an old home to restore and call you own, look no further. Call Debbie to take a look at this historic property.
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