Lockwood Tour of Homes in February

By on 27 January, 2016 in Architecture, Carole King, Historic Midtown with 0 Comments

On Sunday afternoon, February 28, from 12:30 until 5:30, Landmarks Foundation is hosting its third annual tour of homes to familiarize the public with Montgomery’s historic housing stock. Six Frank Lockwood-designed homes in the Garden District, Old Cloverdale and Edgewood are open to the public, each one confirming that Lockwood was one of Montgomery’s premiere architects in the early 20th century.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, in 1866 in English to immigrant parents, Lockwood attended Pratt Institute and worked in the Manhattan office of architect George B. Post before coming south around 1890, allegedly to supervise construction of a church in Anniston. A few years later he settled in Montgomery where he lived until shortly before his death in 1936. He designed dozens of churches, schools, courthouses, clubs and homes throughout central and southern Alabama and the Florida panhandle, as well. His residential work, rising to a crescendo in the 1920s was particularly notable. Today many fine examples, ranging from middle class bungalows to mansions, may be found through Montgomery in Capitol Heights, Edgewood, Old Cloverdale and the Garden District.

Frank Lockwood worked producing an array of house designs that drew on his era’s romantic vision of old England, early America, and colonial Spain. He had a fascination with period craftsmanship and material growing out of the English Arts and Crafts movement of the late 1800s.The homes on this year’s tour, express all of these influences. They also reveal Lockwood’s masterful use of space and volume and his attention to detail along with some of his favorite architectural features. All are homes for contemporary families, not house museums.

Houses on the Lockwood Tour:

  • Moulthrop House, 2001 South Hull Street
  • Tubby Lockwood House, 550 LeGrand Place
  • Steiner House, 1634 Gilmer Avenue
  • Lucien Loeb House, 1623 Gilmer Avenue
  • Quisenberry-Bryan House, 3113 Thomas Avenue

Tickets are $25 and are available by these methods:

Instructions for the day of the tour:

  • Visit the Capri Theatre to pick up your brochure and begin your tour.
  • Please wear walking shoes for your own comfort.
  • No high-heel shoes allowed for safety and to protect the floors of the homes.
  • No food or drink in the houses, please.
  • The homes on tour can be viewed in any order.
  • The tour will be held rain or shine, no refunds.
  • Children under 12 will not be admitted.
  • Wheelchair access is not available.

Carole King (not the singer, just the hummer) enjoys midtown living from South Capitol Parkway in Capitol Heights where she has lived for 25+years. Carole has been the historic properties curator for the Landmarks Foundation that manages Old Alabama Town for 28 years and is passionate about neighborhoods, their architectural character, their people, and their preservation!

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