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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

Drish House: 1939

Drish House: 1939

1939. Tuscaloosa, Alabama. "Drish House, 23rd Avenue & 18th. Brick and stucco built with slave labor ca. 1825-1832. Originally a plantation house, later used as public school." 8x10 negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Immortalized by Walker Evans

as the "Tuscaloosa Wrecking Company" in a series of photographs taken in 1936. Here are six of them at the Metropolitan Museum.

Death Lights in the Tower

This ghost story fits well with the old mansion. Kathryn Tucker tells the tale with great southern charm.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gcPl-0OUKo

Here is a wonderful picture of the home still in its splendor from a 1911 picture.

No Respect

Also used as an auto parts warehouse during the depression, among other things. See this.

Here it is

 
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