A Cinderella Story?

By on 12 July, 2018 in Fun, Historic Midtown, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

Renovator’s Happy Hour is coming right up on Thursday, July 26 from 5:30-7:00 at 2531 Brewton Street.

The hosts are Sarah and Windham Graves. Guests are invited to tour both projects: a bungalow and a cottage built circa 1940s. However, the star of the evening will be their Great Dane, Cinderella. She’s big, she’s brindle, and she’s beautiful.

The homes were built probably at the end of the building boom that ended due to the shortages brought on by World War II. At that time, Morningview, the large mansion and estate that marked the far boundary of the neighborhood Capitol Heights, was still standing. Morningview’s side entrance faced Ann Street. In fact, according to Who was Dexter Avenue Anyway, Ann Street was changed from Evergreen Street by the Houghtons who built and owned Morningview. The street was renamed in honor of their daughter, Ann. Neighborhood children called the street “Plum Nelly” because it was “plum out of town and nearly out in the country.” The area was also bordered by Highland Park and Capitol Heights. Ann Street ran into Madison – the main thoroughfare of Capitol Heights. The trolleys, which had been instrumental in developing Highland Park and Capitol Heights, were retired in 1936. Did the bungalow or cottage hear the last clang of the last trolley? Ah – who knows?

So that brings us sort of back to 2018 and Cinderella’s home. She lives there with her mom and dad, Sarah and Windham Graves. Both humans are artists-Sarah is a curator’s assistant at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts specializing in photographs, and Windham teaches art at ASU. Plans for one of the homes are to turn it into a studio with room for creative space. Hooray for art. One of the homes has been fire damaged, but the Graves family is not daunted. Cinderella and her family are brave urban neighborhood pioneers.

So the homes are certainly undergoing, if not a rags-to-riches Cinderella story, certainly a work-in-progress-to-a wonderful-space Cinderella story. No glass slippers are required. The event is free and for Landmark members only, BUT anyone can join on the spot! Yearly dues are $30 for individuals and $50 for family membership. There is a parking lot adjacent that makes it easy. In this heat you won’t have to walk far, and there will be cold refreshments ready for you. In addition to Cinderella’s family, thanks go to Landmarks Foundation and sponsors: Crosby Electric, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, Montgomery Antiques & Interiors, Standard and Taylor, Inc., and Whirley Construction Group, LLC.

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.

See ya there

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