Historic preservation

In Praise of the Fearless Few

In Praise of the Fearless Few

If you are like me, you’re fascinated with the idea of buying a wonderful old home and making it like new or better again. The popularity of make-over TV shows, which you find all over cable, confirms that there are a lot of us. The reality, however, is the majority of the homebuying public is […]

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Bell Building Rebirth

Bell Building Rebirth

You know the Bell Building, even if you’ve never been inside. It’s one of the key features of Montgomery’s downtown skyline. It’s our city’s first skyscraper, and we know it a bit better than most because we went into and out of it for about seven or so years at the end of its first […]

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A Good Thing Lasts a Long Time

A Good Thing Lasts a Long Time

Why pay rent when a beautiful home is within your reach? Is your object to enrich your landlord or to provide a cosy corner for yourself and family? Please remember that we are offering lots for almost nothing as compared to City lots, and on terms which will enable you to pay for them with […]

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Historic Preservation – Economic Developer’s Friend

Historic Preservation – Economic Developer’s Friend

WACV, a local FM talk radio station, has periodically on its morning show a segment called “Did You Know…” Today on Midtown Montgomery Living we’re going to play that game. What do the (soon-to-be a boutique hotel) Murphy House, the train shed on the Montgomery riverfront, and the warehouses-now-office-buildings along Commerce Street have in common? (Cue […]

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A “Four Sisters’ House” on Renovators’ Tour

A “Four Sisters’ House” on Renovators’ Tour

If you work downtown and travel Perry Street on a daily basis, you probably have never even noticed the neat pieces of Montgomery’s rich architectural history located on the west side of that street. Four two story Victorian style houses stand together facing busy one way South Perry Street. These four houses, known as the […]

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Celebrating Historic Preservation in Midtown Neighborhoods

Celebrating Historic Preservation in Midtown Neighborhoods

For the past year, I have watched my neighbors working tirelessly every weekend, holiday, evening and spare moment on a house project on our street. We had all nervously watched a rental property on our block that had been empty for at least year and was getting more and more derelict. In true neighborhood historic […]

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Rescued Relics

Rescued Relics

In what will surely be a series of upcoming posts on Midtown Montgomery, we’ve decided to renovate the shed that lives in the back yard of the Midtown house that we purchased about a decade ago. In the ten years that we’ve owned it, we’ve managed to store a few things in the shed, mostly […]

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Preservation Awards: And the nominees are …

Preservation Awards: And the nominees are …

This year the City of Montgomery’s Montgomery Historic Preservation Commission initiated a historic Preservation Awards program. The goals of the inaugural Historic Preservation Awards program were to encourage excellence in the planning, design, and execution of projects affecting the City’s historic resources and heritage, and to raise greater public awareness and understanding of historic preservation […]

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Columns and Arches and Moldings … Oh, My!

Columns and Arches and Moldings … Oh, My!

On Sunday — the annual Old House Expo Day in Midtown Montgomery — I spent four hours in the home at 728 Felder Ave. During the course of the afternoon, 147 people visited the property and the choruses of “Oooh and aaah” were loud and many! We Southerners (whether by birth or “By the grace […]

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The Debut of Renovators’ Happy Hour

The Debut of Renovators’ Happy Hour

If perchance you happened to be passing by Felder Avenue in Midtown’s Old Cloverdale neighborhood last Thursday, you might reasonably have assumed that there had been a death in a prominent family or something. After all, that’s the typical reason that long lines of parked cars accumulate on a residential Montgomery street. Well, the truth […]

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