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Twisted: 1939

Twisted: 1939

Auburn, Alabama, circa 1939. "Holliday-Carey House, North College Street. Built 1852, owned by Mathew Turner. Other owners: Dickerson Holliday and Dr. C.A. Carey." 8x10 acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

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I've been in that house!

It's not a very big house, so the stairs make sense when you see them in person. There's only a few feet on either side. It's a super cute home!

Halliday-Cary-Pick House

The worst that can happen on the stairs is that you can bonk your head if you aren't careful when descending. I can't tell you how many times I have done this and seen it happen to others.

The staircase is free-standing and made of mahogany. It is held together with wooden pegs.

The house has been owned by members of Dr. Charles Allen Cary's family since 1890. Alice Cary Pick Gibson, who was born in the house, was the last member to live there. After her death in 2001 the house went to her daughter-in-law, Fran Pick Dillard. It has been listed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks & Heritage since 1976 and there are the occasional tours given. I have been fortunate enough to assist in hosting the tours on many occasions over the years. The house is in terrific shape!

Here are a few links you might be interested in checking out:

halliday-cary-pick house
(includes floor plans to both levels of the house)

Auburn Tour of Homes
(this is a brochure from a recent "Tour of Homes". The Halliday-Cary-Pick House is #5)

Halliday-Cary-Pick paperwork

The location

As a former student at the University, I am very curious to know which house this is in Auburn. I sure hope it's still standing. Does anyone know the address?

[The address is in the caption. - Dave]


High risers -- would be quite a workout going up and down this thing.

Not your main stair

I tracked down the other two pictures of the stair. While it seems to go to the stair hall on the second floor, it clearly isn't the main stair. I'm guessing the room is a conservatory or sunroom.

One at a time please

Have seen metal spiral staircases that narrow but not wooden ones. Might want a cowbell on each top and bottom end of railing so that you could let someone know you were going up or coming down.

A little worn

It's a little worn but that stairway would be a focal point in a nice house even today. In fact that room looks quite nice even today, except the piano seems a bit dated and the stair seems a bit narrow.

Old Horror Story

As you were sliding down the bannister, the last few feet turn into a razor blade.

Movers' Nightmare

You're not getting the box spring and dresser up those stairs. Would make a great set for a Laurel and Hardy "Moving Men" movie. Kudos to the carpenter.


Eep! Good luck carrying your new bedroom furniture upstairs!

Wish I'd-a known

Four years at Auburn and this gem was buried right under my nose......I'd have befriended the occupants and slid down the rail to my heart's content. I wonder if this house is still there? N College Street/US 29 did not have many residences (but there were some) by the early 90s when I was there.

Nice piano!

I can see why they left it downstairs.

If I Were Younger

I'd like to have a go at sliding down that banister.

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