This two-story stucco house was built for W.M. Eagle, an engineer for Southern Railway who doubled as a financier for housing construction during Spencer’s early days. Eagle’s daughter, Annie Laurie, married T. R. Burdette, who worked for Southern and served as mayor of Spencer from 1953 through 1977. The Burdette’s lived in the house through the 1980s.
The Eagle-Burdette House is a fine example of the Colonial Revival style popular in the early twentieth century. It is notable for its perfect symmetry easily seen in both the house and the one-story porch which wraps around both sides. Its classical details add visual interest to the exterior and continue in the house’s interior. A couple relocating from Australia purchased the house a year ago and are in the midst of an ongoing restoration project.
Photo by Sean Meyers