Historic Structures

Dearing House, Tuscaloosa Alabama

Date added: February 15, 2019 Categories: Alabama House Greek Revival

The Dearing House was built for Alexander B. Dearing (b. 1800) North Carolina, a prominent Tuscaloosa merchant and brother of Capt. James Dearing. One of Alexander Dearing's daughters married Dr. W. S. Wyman and lived in the house before and after the Civil War. Legend tells that Union raiders spared the house in 1865 after the mistress of the house fed her last setting of turkey eggs to hungry soldiers who appeared at her door. Major James Spence purchased the house in 1888 and in 1919 the S. G. Swain family moved in.

This two-story brick and stucco Greek Revival residence features an Ionic columned portico extending about three sides. The interior features a circular staircase, elaborate friezes and black Italian marble mantles.

Dearing House, Tuscaloosa Alabama 1934. FRONT VIEW.
1934. FRONT VIEW.

Dearing House, Tuscaloosa Alabama 1934. REAR VIEW.
1934. REAR VIEW.

Dearing House, Tuscaloosa Alabama 1934. HALL ENTRANCE.
1934. HALL ENTRANCE.

Dearing House, Tuscaloosa Alabama 1934. STAIR WELL.
1934. STAIR WELL.

Dearing House, Tuscaloosa Alabama 1936 EAST WALL IN LIVING ROOM SHOWING MANTEL
1936 EAST WALL IN LIVING ROOM SHOWING MANTEL

Dearing House, Tuscaloosa Alabama 1934. FIREPLACE.
1934. FIREPLACE.

Dearing House, Tuscaloosa Alabama 1934. INTERIOR.
1934. INTERIOR.

Dearing House, Tuscaloosa Alabama 1934. FRONT (ENTRANCE)
1934. FRONT (ENTRANCE)

Dearing House, Tuscaloosa Alabama 1934. STAIRWAY.
1934. STAIRWAY.