Built for Mrs. Cowan shortly after Talladega incorporated in 1834, the house was an inheritance of two nephews who both wanted to buy the other's half, but neither would sell. In the end, they sawed the house in half, pulling the halves apart and locating them adjacent to each other, making two homes. The front portion of the house is on the left, and the rear portion to the right. Mrs. Hammett is a descendant of Mrs. Cowan. Judge H.H.W. Rice, an Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice and writer of the Alabama Code, and Judge A.J. Walker both lived in this house for a time.