The Hamilton White House was originally built for banker, investor and railroad promoter Hamilton White.  The house was one of many large residences belonging to prominent families, which surrounded Fayette Park.  The Greek Revival building was extensively renovated in 1980 and is now used for commercial office space.  The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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This large home had ceased to be a private residence by the 1970s - its interior long divided into small offices.  There was even a glass addition attached to its front, a leftover from when part of the building served as a dress shop. 

In 1978, major renovations were begun to restore the structure. 

Grey paint was removed from the exterior and years of added walls that divided the original room configurations were removed. 

The effort became an above ground archaeology project as hidden bedroom doors were revealed, buried inside a later wall. 

Elaborate murals were uncovered beneath layers of wallpaper.  But the most mysterious find was inside the addition closest to the church. In each corner of a large room were uncovered, narrow, tall and shallow recesses; long-filled in.  An investigation of probate records at the County Courthouse found an inventory listing the furnishings of each room.  The mysterious chamber turned out to be the billiard parlor and the shallow niches were where the cue sticks for playing pool were once stored.