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1860, Spires Boling; 1903 remodeled, Theodore C. Link. 290 W. Chulahoma Ave.

Walter Place was constructed for Harvey W. Walter, an Ohio lawyer instrumental in building the Mississippi Central Railroad. The central portion of its two-story facade is dominated by a giant-order Corinthian portico with a pediment and is comparable compositionally to Boling’s large houses (NC13) on Salem Avenue. However, to either side Boling added boldly crested octagonal towers of medieval inspiration. Windows have cast-iron lintels, and an iron fence surrounds the property. Walter and three sons died in Holly Springs’s 1878 yellow fever epidemic, but three daughters survived. One of them, Irene, married Oscar Johnson, and after her mother’s death, Irene and her husband purchased the house and in 1903 hired Link, a relative by marriage, to make adaptations. These included a grander stair but a smaller front balcony, replacing the original cast-iron one that stretched across five bays. Link’s associate Maximillian Kern probably developed the surrounding gardens, filling them with native and exotic plants. When Oscar Johnson died in 1916, his wife sold the property. The house slowly deteriorated, and the gardens became overgrown. In the 1980s, descendants purchased the house and grounds and restored them, but the house is now vacant.

Writing Credits

Jennifer V.O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio with Mary Warren Miller


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Jennifer V.O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio with Mary Warren Miller, "WALTER PLACE", [Holly Springs, Mississippi], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Mississippi, Jennifer V. O. Baughn and Michael W. Fazio. With Mary Warren Miller. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2021, 145-146.

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