Thornhill (Talladega, Alabama)

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Location 29229 AL 21, Talladega, Alabama
Coordinates 33°24′9″N86°8′34″W / 33.40250°N 86.14278°W / 33.40250; -86.14278 Coordinates: 33°24′9″N86°8′34″W / 33.40250°N 86.14278°W / 33.40250; -86.14278
Area 15 acres (6.1 ha)
Built 1835 (1835)
Architectural style Greek Revival, I House
NRHP reference # 98000104 [1]
Added to NRHP February 20, 1998

Thornhill, also known as the Hade-Lewis House, is a plantation in Talladega County, Alabama, built beginning in 1835 by planter John Hardie. The property includes the Classical Revival house, a chapel, the servants' quarters, the plantation office, a barn, a horse racetrack and the family cemetery, along with the approach road. The main house is an I-house in plan, one room deep in front, two stories, with a rear ell. The facade is five bays wide and fronted by a central portico. The interior has a central hall plan, flanked by a parlor, a dining room and a library in the ell. A kitchen occupies the farther reaches of the ell. [2]

Talladega County, Alabama County in the United States

Talladega County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 82,291. Its county seat is Talladega.


The I-house is a vernacular house type, popular in the United States from the colonial period onward. The I-house was so named in the 1930s by Fred Kniffen, a cultural geographer at Louisiana State University who was a specialist in folk architecture. He identified and analyzed the type in his 1936 study of Louisiana house types. He chose the name "I-house" because of its common occurrence in the rural farm areas of Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, all states beginning with the letter "I". He did not use the term to imply that this house type originated in, or was restricted to, those three states. It is also referred to as Plantation Plain style.

Thornhill was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 20, 1998. [1]

National Register of Historic Places federal list of historic sites in the United States

The National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) is the United States federal government's official list of districts, sites, buildings, structures, and objects deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance. A property listed in the National Register, or located within a National Register Historic District, may qualify for tax incentives derived from the total value of expenses incurred preserving the property.

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  1. 1 2 National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service.
  2. Ford, Gene A.; Farris, Nathan; Brinkley, Trina (January 13, 1997). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Thornhill". National Park Service. Retrieved 29 November 2015.

Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) No. AL-441, " Thornhill, State Road 21, Talladega, Talladega County, AL ", 7 photos, 3 data pages