Russia holds a lot of history in the state of Alaska, but only a few remnants of Russian architecture have survived. One of these is the Russian Bishop’s house, which was completed in 1842, in Sitka National Historical Park. This cultural and informational center for Russian development can be seen for its unique construction, specific to Russian architecture.
It was built to house the first Russian Bishop in Alaska as part of the Russian Orthodox Xhurch’s attempt to spread their work into America. Also in Alaska: The Oscar Anderson House is one of the oldest homes in Anchorage, Alaska. It shows the contributions that Oscar Anderson made to the early development of Anchorage.
Alabama - The Crown Jewel of Demopolis
Before becoming one of the most historic buildings dedicated to Greek culture, this house was actually just an ordinary, simple cabin - hard to believe, right? Not until the years 1843 through 1861 did it get renovated by amateur architect, General Nathan Bryan Whitfield. He expanded and augmented the home into what it is today.
Today, the house is open for tours and houses family heirlooms donated by the Whitfield family. Also in Alabama: The Hank Williams Boyhood Home in Georgiana, Alabama is the house where Hank Williams himself honed his musical abilities before becoming one of the most famous and admired country music superstars in history.
Texas - Bishop's Palace
The Bishop’s place was built for attorney Walter Gresham, and it is Galveston’s best-known building. Esteemed architect Nicholas Clayton made this home both practical and beautiful. It stood strong through the Great Hurricane of 1900, but there are also silver-lined appliances in the home for aesthetic purposes.
Thanks to its stone exterior, it was able to house hundreds of survivors of the great hurricane of 1900. It was purchased by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galveston in 1923 and became home to the Bishop, hence its name. Also in Texas: The Huntsville home is the residence of Sam Houston, the first elected president of the Republic of Texas.
Kansas - Amelia Earhart's Birthplace
In Kansas lies the home where famous aviator Amelia Earhart was born. She went on to spend the majority of her life in this Gothic-style cottage. Now, it is re-purposed to be a historic house museum to commemorate Earhart's life. The house, now a museum, serves as a link to the famous pilot and offers a unique insight into her childhood life.
The Ninety-Nines (an International Organization of Women Pilots) restored the house to its former glory and opened it to the public as a historic house museum. Also in Kansas: Another famous home was President Eisenhower’s childhood house, which is now a museum for the Eisenhower Presidential Center.
Mississippi - Longwood Plantation
Longwood Plantation is home to America’s largest octagonal-shaped house. Historians jokingly refer to this home as “Nutt’s Folly” because the estate was the dream home of Haller Nutt. Nutt was a nobleman who unfortunately passed away from pneumonia before the home could be fully completed. But the rest of his family lived in the finished basement.
It also boasts the Byzantine onion-style dome at the top of it, along with its ornate decorations. For a house built in 1864, it stands very impressively today. Also in Mississippi: The two-room house where Elvis Presley was birthed and spent his childhood in is along the Mississippi Blues Trail.