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The Victorians

The Victorians

If Bob Dylan had been alive in the 1870’s, he could have sung, “The times, they are a-changing,” to much the same effect as he did in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Times had actually already been changing before the Civil War, but as the building trades began to revive after Reconstruction, people suddenly gained access […]

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American Memory

American Memory

As I’ve blogged about antebellum architectural styles in Montgomery, I’ve been surprised by the number of times the examples that came to mind were moved, altered to the point they weren’t good examples, or worse, gone entirely. One of the old axioms of historic preservation is that poverty is its best friend (for a while, […]

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Ah, the Italians!

Ah, the Italians!

The sunny climes and tropical breezes (translation: hot with a humid wind from the Gulf of Mexico) were thought to make the South the ideal locale for the Italian influence — or such was the idea of Samuel Sloan, a well-known Philadelphia architect. His pattern book, The Model Architect, proposed Italian Villas for the South, […]

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Gothic Revival

Gothic Revival

Like Greek Revival, interest in Gothic Revival started in Great Britain and traveled to the United States. Never as popular as Greek Revival, Gothic Revival started about the same time (the 1830’s) and was most popular as a style for houses of worship. Unfortunately, there aren’t any Gothic Revival houses in Montgomery, but there are […]

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Know Your Greek Revival

Know Your Greek Revival

Although the roots of Greek Revival in America can be debated by scholars, there’s no doubt that the style found fertile ground in our new republic. Two factors probably led to the popularity of the style: prosperity in the first half of the 19th century and the advent of pattern books that promoted the Greek […]

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Intro To Montgomery Architecture

Intro To Montgomery Architecture

It is always amazing to go around our Midtown neighborhoods and see the variety of houses we have in Montgomery. I never fail to get a smile out of people when I give them directions to my house by telling them I live around the corner from a well-known politician, with the caveat that I […]

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