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1112 Hodges Street, The Rhoden Home

Circa 1910 

1112 Hodges

Oliver Ryan Moss and his wife Rose Pujo Moss built this house just after the Great Fire of 1910 and upon their demise the house was deeded to their daughter Pearl Moss.

Much later, Pearl willed the property to her niece, Yvonne Giovanni.  One of the results of the Great Fire was a rapid expansion of the city, with much new development along the expanded streetcar lines and newer residential areas just to the south and southeast of the traditional downtown. 

Much of what the current owners, the Richard Rhoden family, have done is to restore the house to its proper use as a residence.  The most recent owners, a real estate company, had used the structure as a commercial business.

In restoring the structure, the family made use of the architectural clues that had remained in the structure as well as fully researching houses of similar type and makeup.  This helped to restore to utility and value a building that had been considerably altered.

The house is characterized as being a sawmill-Princess Anne style house with an L-shaped porch on the east and south.  It has generous 11 ½ foot ceilings, most of its original glass, moldings and floors.  The floating staircase and transoms were all restored to their authentic original state, and the current owners replaced or reconstructed many missing architectural elements to return the house to its original condition.

In addition, the family replaced the commercial parking lots that surrounded the house with lawn, new sidewalks and steps were rebuilt using salvaged and found brick.  In addition they created a library in what had been a converted bedroom, completely created a kitchen while saving an early built-in feature, returned fireplaces to use. They have further plans for a side street garage/workshop, fencing and landscaping.  

The enthusiastic and proficient improvements have successfully returned the “beautiful old bones” to a fresh and youthful new purpose. 

Style elements of the homes exterior include:

• Wooden teardrop siding

• 2 sided porch

• Original glass windows with exception of North side of home (replaced after hurricane Rita)

Style elements of the interior include:

• 11 1/2ft ceilings

• Original hardwood floors

• Molding around doors & windows

• Ornamental floating staircase

• 6ft wide central hallway with transoms used for ventilation of home.

• Built-in China Cabinet in Kitchen

• Restored fire place in living room (added antique mantle)

• Restored previously removed fireplace in master bedroom & library

• Added electric fireplace in dining room

Items of interest inside the home:

• Small antique table and chairs in kitchen (restored)

• Possum belly hutch and antique buffet in dining room

• Antique chifferobe & restored antique mental in master bedroom

• Antique Mantel and armoire in living room

• Restored antique dresser and blue room

• Antique desk in downstairs hallway (restored)

• Stained glass windows in the dining room

• Eastlake settee in downstairs hallway

Additional renovations done after the Rhoden's purchase of the home:

• The kitchen was completely renovate and a wall was removed to enlarge the area

• Removed wall between foyer and living room to increase living area

• Created a library in existing bathroom and build a wall to wall, floor-to-ceiling bookcases with rolling library ladder

• Created dining room in existing bedroom and added cased door opening into the kitchen

• Remove the front and back parking lot to create front and backyard

• Installed used brick walkway and steps and ornamental fencing in front of house

• Installed brick walkway on north side of house - used bricks found on property dug up on south side of house

• Repainted entire interior and exterior of house

Future plans:

• Fence in the backyard and complete garage and driveway

• Renovate master bath

Did you know?

The back of the home is visible in a photo on the Library of Congress website. The photo dated 1923 shows a panoramic view City Hall with the Rhoden's home visible just to the right.

Gaye G. McDonald (Mrs. William R. McDonald), the great granddaughter of Mr. Oliver Ryan Moss and Mrs. Rose Marguerite Pujo Moss submitted the following photographs for the enjoyment of tour patrons during the 2014 Tour of Homes.

Those in the first photo Standing L-R are Sister Catherine (Frances Moss), Clara Moss Lorio, Lucious L. Moss, Marie Rose Moss Fournet (Gaye's Grandmother). Seated L-R are Pearl E. Moss (1112 Hodges), Mrs. Rose Marguerite Pujo Moss, Mr. Oliver Ryan Moss, Guy Moss.

Gaye called her great grandmother, “Little Gammy”. The photo below was taken of Rose Pujo Moss when she was in her 90”s.  

In Gaye's words, "Little Gammy" was blind for her last 10 years, but lived long enough to let me climb up on her bed and she would put her little hands on my face, so she could “see me”.  I was 5 years old when she died.  My Great Grandfather died before I was born.  This picture was taken of her knitting, even after she was blind, in her bedroom in her favorite rocking chair.  She and my Great Grandfather had seven children.  One of whom was my grandmother, Mrs. Rose Margaret Moss Fournet, who lived next door at 1114 Hodges, she was my “Gammy”."        

The next picture is of  “Moss cousins” whose home at 518 Cleveland, another home featured on the 2014 Palm Sunday Tour of Homes. Included in this“family” picture are Mr. and Mrs. Oliver R. Moss. Gayes great grandmother is holding her mother, Mrs. Yvonne Giovanni Noble.  Also in the picture are husbands and wives of Mr. and Mrs. O. R. Moss’s children.  
The 4th and last image is actually a post card addressed to Mrs. O.R. Moss in front of their home at 1112 Hodges. In front of the home are Mr. Oliver Ryan Moss and Gaye's two aunts and her uncle. 
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