Built by Bama
The Tuscaloosa House
September 5, 2014
Lauryn bought these elephants for her son and daughter and are used to decorate the back patio on game day
Jim rolls his eyes when he sees it, but everytime I visit The Tuscaloosa House I open this Bowl Bama Bowl book up to the page that has a picture of my daddy, Johnny Calvert, who played football at the Capstone in the 60's on two National Championship Teams. Roll Tide Coach!
on a game day food and libations are never in short supply in the bar area
the master bedroom
the guest bedroom
this L shaped banquette lines the walls in the den area
the playroom and bunk area comfortably sleeps eight
Lauryn's small touch of purple and gold reminding us all where her allegience lies
Carlley Beeker Photography of Tuscaloosa, Alabama
By Buffy York
Seven years ago a real estate agent in Tuscaloosa slapped a sticky note on the door of a house that sits on a semi-circle near Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. The note asked the owner if he would be interested in selling the house. The agent was the mother of one of Jim Walker’s fraternity brothers who knew Jim was in the market for a Gameday House. The owner said yes and Jim and his wife Lauryn bought the house “sight unseen” because real estate that close to the stadium never even makes it to the market. There are several levels of irony that go along with their purchase. 1. The Walker’s do not live in Tuscaloosa, 2. they had just moved in to a newly remodeled home a month before and 3. raised in Baton Rouge, Lauryn is every bit the LSU fan that Jim is the Bama fan. All of that aside, as Jim and Lauryn’s family has grown and the Alabama Football program has become better and better, The Tuscaloosa House has also improved and become bigger and bigger. The Walker’s have completed some type of home improvement, from the kitchen to the patio to the floors, every summer since it was purchased, finishing up last summer with a major addition. The house has gone from a two bedroom, one bath house to a three bedroom, two and a half bath house with a huge playroom and bunk room with four double beds. Jenny Edwards of JEdwards Interiors was the designer for the project and her goal was to create an “Alabama House” with style, simplicity and comfort. While you will find memorabilia from past games and touches of crimson and white and Alabama’s new third color, houndstooth, scattered throughout the house, for the most part greys and creams lay the foundation for the home’s decor. With a crimson felt pool table greeting guests as they walk in the front door and flat screen televisions scattered throughout the house and patio, The Tuscaloosa House makes for the perfect tailgate setup for friends, family and of course, fraternity brothers.
If you are a fan of another school (and have read all the way to this point) and you know of an awesome gameday house or tailgate you would like me to feature let me know. We are headed over to Oxford later this season when Alabama takes on Ole Miss, and will be highlighting the umsurpassed tailgate that is “The Grove.”