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Property Name James, Lemuel and Mary House
Reference Number 13000271
State Georgia
County Jones
Town James
Street Address 153 James Road, James, GA
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 5/14/2013
Areas of Significance ARCHITECTURE
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The Lemuel and Mary James House is significant in the area of architecture at the local of significance under Criterion C because it is an excellent and intact example of a Folk Victorian style New South-type house. According to Georgia's Living Places: Historic Houses in Their Landscaped Settings, the Folk Victorian style was extremely popular in Georgia from the 1870s through the 1910s and is characterized by a simple house form with Victorian-era decorative detailing. The house retains its New South form and floor plan with a central hall flanked by rooms on both sides and exterior and interior character-defining features. The period of significance is c.1885, the approximate date of construction of the house. There are no historically significant additions or alterations after this date. The house retains its New Southtype floor plan with a central hallway flanked by two rooms on one side and three on the other. As defined in the statewide context, Georgia's Living Places: Historic Houses in their Landscaped Settings, a New South floor plan is defined by its central square mass and gabled projections. There is an emphasis on symmetry, of which the key element is a central hallway plan. The central hallway is flanked by pairs of rooms, one of which might project forward. This house type was very popular for middle- and upper-middle-income Georgians between the 1890s and 1920s. Most of the surviving examples ofthis house type are located in a band across the central part of the state, in the Piedmont and Upper Coastal Plain.


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