Leadership Seminar for Old House Lovers

By on 12 March, 2019 in Carole King with 1 Comment

This year Montgomery’s Historic Preservation Commission is sponsoring a Historic Preservation Leadership Seminar. Just what, you might ask, is this Historic Preservation Leadership Seminar about?

The seminar is an informative seven week program to familiarize the citizens of Montgomery with its history and the importance of preserving the city’s built environment. Each weekly session will be held on the campus of historic Huntingdon College beginning at 5:30 on Wednesday evenings, April 3-May 14. Sessions will be led by experts in the field (see below) and will be 60 to 90 minutes in length.

April 3: History of Montgomery

Speaker: Dr. Richard Bailey, historian and chair of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC)

April 10: Architectural History of Montgomery’s Historic Districts

Speakers: Carole King, Landmarks Foundation, Vice Chair of HPC

Brandon Brazil, Architectural Historian, ALDOT

Christy Anderson, Historic Preservation Coordinator, City of Montgomery

April 17: Preservation and the Law

Speaker: Mary Shell, Certified Local Government Coordinator, Alabama Historical Commission

April 24: Architectural Review Board (ARB)

Speakers: Elizabeth Brown, ARB Chair, retired Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer

Christy Anderson, Historic Preservation Coordinator, City of Montgomery

May 1: Renovation and Code issues (101 South Capitol Parkway) *

Speakers: Jerry Russell, Chief Building Official, City of Montgomery

Christy Anderson, Historic Preservation Coordinator, City of Montgomery

May 8: Oakwood Cemetery & Picnic (meeting point TBD) *

Speakers: Philip Taunton, Sexton, Oakwood Cemetery and Cemetery Rehabilitation Authority

Collier Neeley, National Register Coordinator, Alabama Historical Commission & Community Preservation Committee Chair, Landmarks Foundation


In observance of May as National Preservation Month, graduation will be held on Tuesday, May 14, at the monthly Historic Preservation Commission meeting in conjunction with the annual Historic Preservation Awards. The presentations and reception will be at 5:30 in the City Council Auditorium, City Hall at 103 North Perry Street.

Registration is limited to 25 participants and the deadline to register is March 15. Registration form is available at http://www.montgomeryal.gov/how-do-i/submit/historic-preservation-commission and a fee of $25 must be submitted with application. The registration fee will include an awesome historic neighborhood t-shirt and a really cool bag full of all sorts of goodies for old house lovers.

The following community partners have been instrumental in supporting this inaugural informational seminar:

Capitol Heights Civic Association

Cloverdale-Idlewild Association

Cottage Hill Foundation

Garden District Preservation Association

Huntingdon College

John Lee Paint Co.

Landmarks Foundation

Marshall Millwork Co.

Montgomery County Historical Society

Old Cloverdale Association

Sandra Nickel Hat Team, Realtors®

Southern Sash

For more information and/or to save a spot for the seminar, contact Christy Anderson at canderson@montgomeryal.gov.

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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  1. Christy Anderson says:

    Deadline to register is Friday and we’ve only got two slots left, so call me Montgomery!

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