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J. B. Jones home exterior

J. B. Jones home exterior. Known as the "Gingerbread House," the J. B. Jones Home was built ca. 1885-1886 as a wedding present from Col. Duncan D. Alston to his grandson John Breton Jones and his bride Helen Moten Jones. The three-story Queen Anne Victorian home was reportedly the first house in Huntsville designed by an architect. The home included many Queen Anne features such as a gabled roof porch entry way, bay windows, an asymmetrical form with a sharply pitched roof and "gingerbread" ornamentation from which the home derived its nickname. The Jones home was destroyed by a fire in December 1966 and the site later served as the location for the U. S. Post Office, built in 1975 (see entries 14,18-22, 151).