McKenzie House History

The Lambreth-McKenzie House

This 1895 structure remains one of the largest and most elaborate of all the Victorian mansions built in Gainesville before the twentieth century. Its picturesque gabled porch, balconies, dormers and octagonal turret reflect the nineteenth century’s enthusiasm for the Queen Anne style, while its impressive size suggests the extent of Gainesville’s cotton and phosphate prosperity during the 1890s. In addition the home’s continuous association with prominent Gainesville families like the Colsons, the Pounds, and the Phifers makes its human biography read like a text in local history.

Few Gainesville residences have had such a diverse and rich interconnection with the city’s past and it’s significant families.

In 1881 the initial owner and builder, John E. Lambreth, a native ofSavannah, Georgia, migrated to Gainesville in 1881 during the town’s flourishing orange boom and engaged in real estate development for a number of years.

In 1887 John E. Lambreth was admitted to the bar and became a prosperous attorney with the firm of Hampton and Hampton. He and his family lived in this house for eight years.