Historic preservation

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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Renovators’ Happy Hour Showcases Old Cloverdale Renovation

Renovators’ Happy Hour Showcases Old Cloverdale Renovation

The Historic Neighborhood Coalition sponsored by Landmarks Foundation is coordinating a new fun spring event to create awareness of notable preservation projects that are happening in Montgomery’s historic neighborhoods. The inaugural Renovators’ Happy Hour will be Thursday, April 27 from 5:30 until 7 p.m. The renovation at 740 Felder Avenue (Old Cloverdale) by the Price […]

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What We Wished We’d Known

What We Wished We’d Known

You’re buying a house for the first time. Everything seems like a dream: the crown molding, the old floors, the large yard. You can’t believe that someone will help you by lending money to make this your home. If you choose wisely, your home will make you happy every day. You can drink coffee in […]

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Flickering Beauty: Cottage Hill Candlelight Home Tour

Flickering Beauty: Cottage Hill Candlelight Home Tour

Ever wanted to see inside the Winter Place? Want to meet some great people who share your love for historic homes and architecture? Ever get curious about what’s inside other people’s homes? Cottage Hill Historic District is the oldest residential neighborhood in Montgomery. It’s listed on both the National and Local Historic Registers. One of […]

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This Place Matters

This Place Matters

You might have noticed the Facebook posts featuring a photo of a person with a sign (“This Place Matters”) standing in front of a historic building in Montgomery. May was National Preservation month and there was big push to spotlight some Montgomery landmarks. However, the “This Place Matters” campaign, promoted by the National Trust for […]

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Renovation vs. Restoration: What’s the Difference, Why Should I Care and How Can I Help?

Renovation vs. Restoration: What’s the Difference, Why Should I Care and How Can I Help?

“Just totally renovated—shows like new!,” trumpets the MLS about a particularly lovely home. Another reads, “Restored from front door to rear porch and everything in between.” And if you are looking for a great older home, both of these will probably make your list of must-sees. When you enter the first property, it is everything […]

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Mockingbirds and Mansions

Mockingbirds and Mansions

Whether you own property, pay monthly rent, or are just crashing on a friend’s couch until you can get some things together, I’ve got some good news: You have a beautiful house. Sure, the idea of the Alabama Governor’s Mansion as “The People’s House” is more civic metaphor than legal truth. But there’s still power […]

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Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers

Montgomery currently boasts six residential neighborhoods that have achieved either partial or total local historic designation: Capitol Heights, Cloverdale-Idlewild, Cottage Hill, Garden District, Highland Park and Old Cloverdale. At least two others are working diligently to gain the 60 percent of property owners’ support needed to achieve that designation: Centennial Hill and South Hull District. […]

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My Latest Adventure…the Final Chapter!

My Latest Adventure…the Final Chapter!

By on 4 September, 2015 in Historic preservation, Sandra Nickel with 1 Comment

Note: Living in Midtown Montgomery often means living in historic homes, with all of the joys and responsibilities involved. This is the fourth in Sandra’s series about her bathroom renovation. Read the first part here, the second part here and the third part here. When I arrived home last night, brother/contractor/remodeler extraordinaire Frank was sitting […]

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