Historic Harper-Fowlkes House

230 Barnard Street
Orleans Square

Harper-Fowlkes House - circa 1936

Courtesy of the Library of Congress

The Harper-Fowlkes House, is an outstanding example of the fully developed Greek revival style. Attributed to architect Charles B. Clusky, the home was built in 1844 for Aaron Champion, a banker from Massachusetts. Facing Orleans Square, the entrance is framed by handsome cast iron gates, double curved sandstone steps, and features four monumental "Tower of the Winds" Corinthian-type columns. The entrance hall features a floor of black and white marble, and four square columns surrounding an oval rotunda through which a sky light is seen three stories above.

It is said that Champion buried his bank's gold in a well at the rear of the garden during the Civil War. After the war, he dug up the treasure and found all but one ten dollar gold piece. Champion left the house to his daughter, Maria Sophia who married James W. McAlpin. Alida Harper-Fowlkes purchased the house in 1939 and furnished it with priceless antiques. The house was bequeathed in 1985 to the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Georgia.

The Harper-Fowlkes House is open to the public for tours.

Contact the Society for information on tours:
Harper-Fowlkes House
230 Barnard Street
(912) 234-2180

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