Street Address
Wirick-Simmons House
North Jefferson and Pearl Streets
Monticello, FL 32344
Mailing Address
P. O. Box 496
Monticello, FL
phone: 850-997-5552
web: www.co.jefferson.fl.us/history/
Staff
Terri Dunn, Board Member

Description

The Chamber of Commerce offers guided tours of the historic district of Monticello and sites throughout the County. Tours leave the Chamber office, 420 West Washington Street, 2 blocks west of the Courthouse, Monticello, at 1:30, Friday afternoons. Reservations are suggested; call (850) 997-5552 for reservations and additional information.

The North Jefferson Street neighborhood includes the Wirick-Simmons House on the south and the Bailey-Eppes house on the north. In addition to the buildings fronting on Jefferson Street, it includes two early buildings (the Budd-Rainey House and the Budd Store on Cherry Street and the old cemetery. Four houses date from the 1830s and 1840s and are significant for the roles of their owners in early Monticello history; they are the Budd-Braswell House, the Denham-Brinson House, the Scott-Simmons House and the Wirick-Simmons House. All are located next to the major north-south road of the 1830s (now Jefferson Street) and are one and one half and two story frame dwellings with Classic Revival detailing. The detailing of both the Wirick-Simmons House and the Denham-Brinson House is noteworthy, featuring Greek key door and window corner blocks, full entablatures and porticos. Three other significant buildings -dating from the second half of the nineteenth century continue the scale, materials and neighborhood themes--the Josiah T. Budd House, the Bailey-Eppes House and Christ Church. The latter two are the only examples of the Stick Style in Monticello. The Bailey-Eppes House is located on a slight rise and Jefferson Street falls away to the south of the Courthouse. The site enhances the Stick Style characteristics of varied massing, height and roof slopes. On the other hand, Christ Church (Episcopal) maintains the regular geometric pattern of a Classic Revival church and only has applied Stick Style detailing. In addition to the individually cited buildings, there are a large number of complementary structures which are not either historically or architecturally important but are visually compatible with the neighborhood.