Smith-Pratt-Cooper House

c. 1845
249 S. Washington Street (northeast corner Washington & Main Streets)

House possibly designed by Daniel Pratt. Moved from original location on Pletcher Street during 1890s. Built for Dr. Samuel Parrish Smith, father of Alabama's first state geologist Eugene Smith. In 1868, the poet Sidney Lanier and his new wife were moved by Dr. Smith from the Mims Hotel into this home, a hotel not being a proper place for a lady to reside and Lanier being in poor health. Later, it was the home of Merrill Pratt, who had married Dr. Smith's daughter, Julia, in 1862. Subsequent changes include porch (original form is unknown), wing at north side, rebuilt interior chimneys, vinyl siding (conditional contributing property). Despite alterations, it is one of the earliest and most historic residences in the district.