There’s something inspiring about an office housed in a historic home. For the Realtors and staff at A House that Fitts in downtown Tuscaloosa, this is a firsthand experience. In July, they relocated their offices into the Dearing-Swaim mansion, a huge and storied home purchased by Realtor Carrie Fitts.
Built in 1835, just four years after the University of Alabama was founded, this structure hails back to the days when Tuscaloosa was the state capital. A Greek Revival Temple-type mansion, the home features staterooms, wide plank floors, brick walls, a winding staircase, high frescoed ceilings, and a fireplace in every room.
Chantelle Smith, Senior Director and Associate Broker at Carrie Fitts Real Estate, considers it a privilege to work in such a beautiful, historic place. “There are times when I just walk through these lovely rooms admiring the craftsmanship of a time gone by,” she says. “I love the beauty of the high ceilings, gracious spaces, and large windows.” The main foyer with its lovely curved staircase is Chantelle’s favorite spot. “Around lunchtime, when the sunlight is streaming through the stained glass window, the room has a beautiful warm glow,” she says.
The public was recently invited to tour the offices at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Many turned out to see the beautifully restored home.
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Carrie appreciates the beauty and history of the home and thinks of herself as the caretaker of this Tuscaloosa treasure. “Restoring a historic home means ensuring that it lives on,” she says. “This grand and unabashedly beautiful home really belongs to Tuscaloosa.” And for those who are fortunate enough to work there, this historic home in Tuscaloosa is a modern reality.