Located in a National Register of Historic Places Neighborhood, known as the Five Points Historic District, the recently restored Victorian Inn known as Cobb Lane Bed and Breakfast has been a prominent home in the Birmingham community for 108 years. The home was built in 1898 by the local tax collector, Mr.Bingham, and was his private residence on Nabob Hill, the high status neighborhood on the hill overlooking the young City of Birmingham below. From about 1910 to the 1940's, it was the home of Felix Tarrant, a prosperous Dentist and businessman, for which the City of Tarrant, Alabama (near Birmingham) was named after him. During the 1940's the home became a Sunday School for the Methodist Church and also a Parsonage. During the 1950's, it became a boarding house. In 1972, a rear appendage not original to the house was removed when the property was converted to a retail ballet apparel shop and professional office building with an import-expert operation, a realtor and Kaplan academic test coaching center. During the 1990's, it became the site for 5 massage therapists, 3 marriage counselors, 1 realtor and 1 law firm. Then in December 2003, it was purchased by Ira and Sheila Chaffin and restored back to its Victorian splendor during the creation of the Cobb Lane Bed and Breakfast. Eight bathrooms were added as moldings and original details were lovingly restored. Necessary fire-life safety code improvements were added as well as cosmetic enhancements. The result is an Inn that has received a coveted "Preservation Award of Excellence" in 2005 by the Birmingham Historical Society.
National Historic Registered Property Description
Cobb Lane Bed and Breakfast is an historic registered property with Jefferson County, Alabama, the State of Alabama, and the National Registry of Historic Places. For the history buffs, here goes the physical description of the registration:
"It is a two story structure with a basement and contains front ell weatherboard Colonial Revival styling with a hip roof with cross gables and clipped eaves. There is a front gabled attic roof with a wood vent and fixed wood windows in the main portion of the hip, two brick chimneys, decorative corner boards, and 1:1 double hung wood windows with surrounds throughout. The home has a wrap around porch with a partial hip roof, wood floor and ceiling, wood spindle rail, and a series of round wood columns with simple Tuscan style wood capitals and base on brick piers with limestone caps, grouped in up to three at the corners of the projected bays. The foundation has bronze rectangular vents throughout and the front façade has decorative recessed windows in the wood framing with leaded glass windows at two locations."
"The interior entry has a beveled window in an alcove with a wood window seat and the main wood stair has decorative wood banister work, decorative newel posts and paneled wood stair walls which open into the alcove. There is an octagonal wood window seat in the Dining Room in the bay window. There are pine floors throughout in good condition and plaster walls throughout. The Dining Room and front Bedroom (Rose Room) have heavy wood paneled walls. The Fireplaces on the first floor have heavy wood mantels, timber supports and inverted wood triangular insets. On the second floor, the fireplace in one bedroom (Bird of Paradise Room) has classical influenced capitals in the surround and a central mirror with wood cornice above. All rooms have decorative wood moldings surrounding the windows, baseboards, and in some cases, decorative wood corner boards. Original transom glass occurs on the second floor. The second floor central bathroom (bath for Periwinkle and Marie Antoinette Rooms) has original circa 1898 white octagonal small tiles with black octagonal tile accents and decorative small closet doors adjoin. Three of the Bedrooms on the second floor have decorative small depth closets and original closet doors circa 1898 with beveled edges which is in good condition (Bird of Paradise, Country French, and Periwinkle Rooms). There are four operating pocket doors on the first floor: one to the front Parlor, one to the Bedroom (Rose Room), and two to the Dining Room."
Five Points Area & Redmond Park Historic Districts
Old house enthusiasts and historic buffs will enjoy the varied architecture of this restored home and its neighborhood in the historic Five Points and nearby Highland Park and Redmond Park historic neighborhoods. Within a 2-mile walk, a guest can take a pleasant walk and see numerous historic structures, including some of the most beautiful churches and synagogues in the South.
Nearby Civil War Battle Sites
Battle of Shiloah (2.5 hour drive)
Battle of Vicksburg (5 hour drive)
Battle of Chickamauga (2.5 hours)
Battle of Atlanta