Tag: historic homes

New Neighbors in Old Houses

New Neighbors in Old Houses

By on 7 July, 2016 in Karren Pell, Real Estate with 1 Comment

We are friends and neighbors here on North Lewis Street in historic Capitol Heights. We share potluck dinners, drinks on front porches, and cookouts on back decks. We look out for each other’s house, pets and, well, each other. So when Fred and Bobby delivered the news they were moving to Hazel Hedge, we were […]

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Contracting with Contractors

Contracting with Contractors

By on 12 November, 2015 in Kate and Stephen with 0 Comments

Over the eight years we’ve lived in Montgomery, we’ve had more than our share of contractors working in our house. We’d purchased and hoped to fix up and maintain a beautiful old home here, but looking back it’s fair to say that we didn’t really know what we were getting into. Regular readers of MML […]

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Coalition Seeks New Solutions for Historic Preservation

Coalition Seeks New Solutions for Historic Preservation

Even if you don’t live in one of Montgomery’s beautiful historic districts, you still benefit from their character and distinctiveness. Aesthetically, they are a joy to walk or drive through. Economically, they help us all by generating tourism and marketing our distinctive character to prospective new residents. But as the city grows and changes, preserving […]

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The Mysteries of the Capitol Heights School

The Mysteries of the Capitol Heights School

By on 13 August, 2014 in Karren Pell with 4 Comments

Some years ago, Carole King and I were working on the text for the historical marker on the site of the Capitol Heights School on Winona Avenue. Two incidents occurred recently that reminded me of some research mysteries regarding the school that are unsolved (at least so far). The first incident that brought all of […]

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Driving Down Electricity Bills

Driving Down Electricity Bills

By on 26 July, 2013 in Carole King, Historic Midtown with 0 Comments

We’re nearly into August and temperatures long ago began to soar. For months now, we have been looking for ways to stay comfortable. Surprisingly to many, living in an old house is one of the best ways to do that. I corresponded with Tracy Nelson of the Preservation Resource Center in New Orleans. She has […]

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I Believe in Hilda Dent

I Believe in Hilda Dent

A few months ago, we wrote about our adventure going before the Architectural Review Board. We were seeking permission to renovate our sunroom. The room almost certainly was once open to the elements — or perhaps screened in — and once featured a rear-facing door (long since bricked in to make a nice bookcase). At some […]

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Save 1802 Madison

Save 1802 Madison

In the name of branding, the City of Montgomery has declared itself to be “Capital Cool,” a marketing phrase designed to attract people to the state’s capital city. I have another suggestion for attaining that elusive state of being  cool: Get on board the 1802 Project. A group of neighbors have come together to save […]

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Got Beams? Exploring Ceiling Options in Bungalows

Got Beams? Exploring Ceiling Options in Bungalows

By on 4 February, 2013 in Architecture, Carole King, Historic Midtown with 0 Comments

Many of us who live in historic districts in Midtown have the good fortune of living in a bungalow. Whenever someone excitedly announces they have purchased a bungalow, my first question is always, “Do you have beams?” If so, they belong to an elite club of old house lovers. I was eager to blog about […]

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My Hundred Year House

My Hundred Year House

Several weeks ago, my house celebrated its centennial birthday. On August 5 1912, the first family moved into their brand new house designed and built for them on South Capitol Parkway. That date is the “official date” that water service was turned on to the house according to records of the Montgomery Water Works and […]

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Knowing What You’re Getting Into

Knowing What You’re Getting Into

Those of us who are somewhat regular at meetings of the City Architectural Review Board are quite accustomed to seeing someone on the agenda who has begun work (or worse) on their historic district home without the prior review and approval of this important group. And we can almost anticipate the defense:  “We didn’t know […]

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