Bristol’s Golden Age of residential building
PHOTO COURTESY OF BUD PHILLIPS
Col. James Madison Barker erected this grand house about 1903 at 322 Spruce St. in Bristol, Tenn., at a cost of $8,500. It was erected on the site of grand Fairmount Hotel which had burned shortly before this house was erected. It is one of the more imposing houses of the golden age of residential building in Bristol. It is now the home of Al Bowers and family.
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Bud Phillips has been tracking the history of Bristol and is pictured here at East Hill Cemetery.
Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014 9:45 am
Updated: 1:29 pm, Thu Jun 26, 2014.
It seems that Bristol’s Golden Age of building extended from around 1890 to about 1915 with a few exceptions in either direction. I do not know of a single residence yet standing within the limits of the original town of Bristol that can be dated to the 1850s.
Of course as the town limits were extended, a few were to be taken in that can be dated to that period. I think of the home of Bob and Michelle White at 42 Lowry Lane in Bristol, Tenn. The White’s home is of the mid to late 1840s.
Bud Phillips is a local historian and author. He can be reached at 276-466-6435. For more about Bristol’s history, visit www.bristolhistoricalassociation.com.
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Sunday, March 16, 2014 9:45 am.
Updated: 1:29 pm.