Anne Chamlee photographed this abandoned Queen Anne house, just south of Tennille, in March 1991. I have also photographed a good bit in the area and haven’t encountered it; I’m presuming it is no longer standing. I’d love to get an identification if anyone remembers it. [Anne was unable to get a photograph of the front of the house, but these images give a good idea as to its size and layout.]
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The Tennille Woman’s Club began as a sewing circle in 1914 but suspended activities during World War I to assist with the war effort on the home front. After branching out to civic involvement the club was incorporated in 1920. They were accepted into the state and national federations in 1921 after certifying that they had no political or sectarian entanglements. Women’s clubs became very active in the last decade of the 19th century and continued well into the 20th. The club is still active today and has shared the clubhouse with various groups over the last century.
Upon its dedication, the facility was christened the Washington County Memorial Clubhouse, in honor of local men who served in World War I.
National Register of Historic Places
For someone like me who isn’t an architectural historian this house presents yet another challenge. I use “Eclectic” when I feel a house is an amalgamation of different forms. This method of construction became very popular at the turn of the last century and in many cases continues to this day. In this example, what appears to have been Italianate in origin, also features Colonial Revival and Neoclassical elements.
This is likely an early example (perhaps 1850s and no later than 1870s) of this form, judging by the entryway. The porch is probably a later addition. Hall-and-parlor and central hallway houses are related forms of the broader vernacular I-house family. Most I-houses I have encountered are two stories and better known in the South as Plantation Plain; they generally feature shed rooms. More documentation of this example is needed.
Built for the Bashinski family, this was once among the grandest homes in Tennille. The Bashinkis were Jewish merchants who moved to Tennille after the Civil War and operated a thriving department store for many years. When the family moved out in the 1940s, the house was subdivided into apartments and the front columns and porch removed. It is presently for sale and would make a great preservation project.