King Street, Tallassee, Alabama

This cute little brick house, built around 1940, could be considered one of the "treasures on the Tallapoosa."

It's close enough to Alabama's Tallapoosa River to use it for a decorating scheme. 

The stripes of whitewater going over the dam at the Thurlow Reservoir might have inspired the white picture frame molding on the green walls throughout the house.

If it were mine, I'd still be inspired by the colors of nature, just maybe a little more organically:

The house has lots of charming details, like the arched double doors between the living and dining rooms:

The kitchen is a mix of old and new, with wooden beams and original light fixtures paired with newer tile and appliances:

Tucked behind the living room is this narrow sunroom that leads to the side porch:

There are two bedrooms and one bathroom both upstairs and down. The house has 3,468 square feet.

You see what I mean about the green walls and white trim being used throughout the home. 

Again, I would want to mix up that color scheme a little bit, like so:

The second story is... a different story, color-wise.

Here's how I would tie it in with the rooms downstairs:

Now it's bloomin' on the Tallapoosa. 

There's also a 483 square feet guest house/apartment behind the house.

The original owners of the house, the Woodall family, knew a little something about guest houses and hospitality. Brothers Dan and Jacob Woodall built the 1928 Woodall Hotel and restaurant. It was just a six minute walk from the house over to the hotel on Sistrunk Street.

{1941 map source}

It became a downtown landmark and one of the treasures on the Tallapoosa.

{1928 photo source}

Subsequent owners changed the hotel name to Hotel Talisi, in recognition of the Muskogee and Creek Indian name for the area. Its rooms were snug...

but people still waxed rhapsodic over the restaurant's fried chicken served with "warm conversation, drenched by gallons of sweet tea." The hotel was gutted after a 2009 fire, but as of last November the city council was able to make plans to demolish it and revitalize the area as part of their Streetscape Project.

But the hotel wasn't the only downtown attraction. The waterfalls of the Tallapoosa inspired more than just a paint color scheme. As early as 1798 people knew that the site was "sufficient for the building of a large city...and the river is convenient...for mills on an extensive scale." The extensive textile mills especially came in handy with war production, producing cotton duck cloth for tents and cots as well as twine and rope. 

They also produced neat old signs about how much it cost to cross their bridge:

{1908 poster source}

Good thing the Woodalls didn't have to cross it to get from their house to the hotel. Those round trips would have really added up. 

If you'd like to preserve their treasure of a house, the Old House Dreams listing is here.

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