George Barber – the architect/designer of 1899 Wright Inn and Carriage House

Posted by admin on July 5, 2013

The O.B. Wright House listed on the National Register of Historic Places was designed by George Franklin Barber (1854-1915), an American architect best known for his residential designs which he marketed worldwide through a series of mail-order catalogs.  His homes were characterized by irregularity of shape, plan, texture and color.    His plans produced unpretentious yet gracious formal residences.

He was very amiable to changing his basic plans to meet specific needs or wishes of his clients.  The Wright House shows slight modification from Barber’s original plan.  The price-list of working plans for this house was $60.00.  Cost to build was listed at $4,000-4,500.

Barber, born in Illinois, learned architectural design through mail-order books.  He began designing around the mid -1880s and continued through 1908, when the catalog business was suspended, but during which time he sold upwards of 20,000 plans.

There are many Barber homes throughout the country which still stand and reflect the grace and elegance of a by-gone era.   We have seen the sister to this house in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

During your stay, ask to see some of these interesting catalogs while you sit in George Barber’s splendor.


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