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Noble HallNoble Hall Auburn, Alabama
Noble Hall in Auburn, Alabama is very well known as the Frazer-Brown-Pearson Home, and is a marvelous Greek revival style plantation house that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, since 1972. The house was constructed in 1854 as the main house of a 2,000 acre cotton plantation and built of rock masonry, with eight rooms that have twelve foot high ceilings and 18 inch thick interior walls. The front and back of the house contain full-width cantilevered balconies and four large Doric columns on each, with an exterior kitchen behind the house, a smokehouse, overseer's house and carriage house. Just like the majority of the big plantation homes in the antebellum south, it would be constructed using slave labor, but with a contractor brought in from Kentucky to manage the building. In the Civil War, the house would be utilized as a hospital housing many sick and wounded Confederate soldiers, until the end, when Yankees arrived to ransack the house and steal whatever they could carry away, but they ended up taking only the horses and mules when one of the residents produced a Masonic sign. The Frazer family would stay in the house until 1922, when cotton prices dried up and by 1932, the hall had been purchased by J. V. Brown, who would spend much time and money to refurbish the house to its original condition. Brown would sell the estate in 1941 to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute president Luther Noble Duncan, and then his daughter would inherit the hall in 1951 and she would rename it Noble Hall in honor of her father. It would be added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, which made it the first house in Lee County to receive such an honor. The house is a private residence, so unfortunately, there aren't any tours of it, although it can be viewed from the curb, giving you a better idea of the beauty and serenity that surrounded these folks as they lived out their lives here.

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Jule Collins Smith Museum of ArtJule Collins Smith Museum of Art Auburn, Alabama
The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art is the art museum that sits on the campus of Auburn University, and it is the only university art museum in the state, opening in 2003, with six exhibition galleries sitting on 40,000 square feet. Besides the magnificent galleries, the museum contains a cafe, museum shop and auditorium, while outside, the ground contain 7 acres of landscaped areas, including a marvelous lake. The museum was named after Jule Collins Smith, the wife of Albert Smith, who had graduated from the university in 1947 and donated $3 million to the project in honor of their 50th anniversary and his gift to her for that wonderful occasion. The museum's permanent collections concentrate on the 19th and 20th centuries of both American and European artworks that include works by such famous artists as Ralston Crawford, Ben Shahn, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O'Keefe, John Marin and Arthur Dove that are included in their Advancing American Art collection. In the Louise Hauss and David Brent Miller Audubon Collection there are 114 prints that were created by naturalist John James Audubon and the Bill L. Harbert collection of European Art collection that houses works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro and Henri Matisse. The museum has shown some marvelous loan exhibitions like the 2005 Quilts of Gee's Bend that showcased 70 quilts that had been created by four generations of artists from the isolated village of Gee's Bend, Alabama that was described by many as "some of the most miraculous works of modern art American had produced", which is saying quite something about these beautiful quilts must have been. In 2006, there was a loaned exhibit from the Georgia Museum of Art that featured drawings from the 19th and 20th centuries and included such artists as Charles Burchfield, Robert Motherwell, Giorgio de Chirico and Elaine De Kooning. There have been many exciting changing exhibits also showcased that belong to the permanent collections and have thrilled the audiences that visited there. Again, in 2008, the museum would present the Indian Gallery of Henry Inman, which was a collection of 19th century portraits of southeastern Native American leaders and warriors.

February 02, 2011