|City/Town: • Uniontown|
|Location Class: • Residential|
|Built: • 1909 | Abandoned: • N/A|
|Historic Designation: • Historic District (2000)|
|Status: • Abandoned|
|Photojournalist: • David Bulit|
Co-Nita Manor, also known as the Coleman-Brunson House, was built circa 1909 in the Neo-Classical Revival style by Dr. Solon Lycurgus Coleman. His father was Solon Lycurgus Coleman Sr. who served in the Confederate Army as a physician and was severely wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862. He never knew his father as he had died four months prior to his birth. His uncle was Major Thomas K. Coleman who was killed at the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863. In 1896, Dr. Solon Lycurgus Coleman Jr. became the first graduate of the new pharmacy program at Auburn University.
Having lived in nearby Faunsdale, he moved to Uniontown in 1899, taking a position as the city’s health officer during an outbreak of smallpox. Vaccines were administered at his office located above the dry goods and mercantile store of Julius Marx at the corner of Water and Front Streets. Coleman later married Julius’ sister Estelle in November 1901, though she suddenly died a little more than a year later on January 14, 1903. He remarried Martha Ida McGinniss Brown in 1927. They lived at Co-Nita Manor until his death on June 4, 1938.
In 2000, Co-Nita Manor was listed on the National Register of Historic Places alongside another Neo-Classical Revival style house, the Hardie-Coleman House, as a contributing structure of the Uniontown Historic District. Co-Nita Manor is described by the National Register of Historic places as a large two-story brick veneered dwelling with a low-pitched hipped roof with a central hooded dormer, three-bay facade, and central double-leaf entrance with full transom and sidelights. The second-floor central bay features a fanlight and sidelights, a dominant full-height portico with paired Corinthian columns supporting a flat roof, balcony, and wide cornice, the full-width one-story porch is supported with small Corinthian colonettes, side porte cochere, decorative quoins, and exterior corbelled chimneys.