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Title:
Randall House had first inside bathroom
Physical Description:
1 online resource (2 p.) : ill. ;
Language:
English
Creator:
Dunn, Hampton
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Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Dwellings -- Florida -- Tallahassee   ( lcsh )
Historic buildings -- Florida -- Tallahassee   ( lcsh )
Description and travel -- Tallahassee (Fla.)   ( lcsh )
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non-fiction   ( marcgt )

Notes

Abstract:
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes the Randall House in Tallahassee.
Statement of Responsibility:
by Hampton Dunn.
General Note:
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed Aug. 4, 2010).
General Note:
At head of title: Photouring Florida.

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University of South Florida Library
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University of South Florida
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All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 002222686
oclc - 652478004
usfldc doi - D33-0258
usfldc handle - d33.258
System ID:
SFS0000639:00001


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-o09RANDALL HOUSE -HAD FIRST INSIDE BATHROOM By HAMPTON DUNN TALLAHASSEE --The landmark residence stands on shady North Calhoun, a street lined with moss-draped oaks right downtown Tallahassee. It's at 424 N. Calhoun and is called "The Randall House." The Randall House, according to local authorities, was built for Thomas Randall, a Federal Judge of the Territory of Florida: It was begun about 1837 and completed before 1840. The house is of modified Georgian design and was constructed by George Proctor, a free Negro who had built the building housing the Tallahassee Garden Center across the street. It followed the raised-cottage style common to the South. The high basement was designed to keep the house cool and dry in the humid coastal area. It once had a windmill and the first running water and inside bathroom in this part of Florida: Randall House was the town house for Judge Randall, who was appointed to the post by President James Monroe in 1827 and served until 1841. Randall also had a plantation home, according to Tallahassee editor, Malcolm B. Johnson, in Jefferson County, some 20 miles from the capital, which he called "Belmont." This was near the property of his father-in-law, William Wirt. Johnson reported that Wirt once tried unsuccessfully to start an agricultural colony using free German immigrants instead of slave labor. Wirt was U.S. Attorney General for 12 years --from 1817 to 1825 --under Presidents Monroe and John Quincy Adams. He was renowned as the prosecutor of Aaron Burr for treason, as a biographer of Thomas Jefferson and less known as a candidate for President on an anti-Masonic ticket. The Randall House earned the distinction of having the first in-door plumbing perhaps in all Florida, with water furnished from a windmill in the backyard, when it was owned by George Lewis, a prominent banker here.

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