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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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New Legislation Protects Governor’s Mansion

New Legislation Protects Governor’s Mansion

The Alabama and Montgomery especially historic preservation and museum community scored a huge accomplishment in the 2011 Legislative session with House Bill 437. The First Lady Dianne Bentley Governor’s Mansion Preservation Act was introduced by Rep. Jeremy Oden of Eva and Mrs. Bentley’s support was instrumental in the passage of the bill, working closely with […]

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Old Man Winter

Old Man Winter

By on 20 July, 2011 in Historic Midtown, Real Estate, Sandra Nickel with 1 Comment

With temperatures near triple digits and the heat index considerably higher than that, July in Alabama seems like an absurd time to be thinking about winter. Yet, there may be some validity to the mental exercise of beating the heat by thinking about frigid conditions. It’s all in your mind, man. Well, that and the […]

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Italians, In a Classical Mood

Italians, In a Classical Mood

By on 15 March, 2011 in Elizabeth Ann Brown with 8 Comments

The influences of historic architectural styles in the early part of the twentieth century make a for a rich body of work to discover in Midtown Montgomery. We can see the influence of broader architectural education everywhere. Dear Old A.P.I. (now more popularly known as Auburn University) opened their Architecture program in 1905 and, if […]

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Midtown Bathtubs

Midtown Bathtubs

We all have one — that scratched, dingy, cast iron bathtub so popular from the 1920s through the 1970s. The lucky ones have white tubs and fantastic subway tiles that are just a bit grimy. The not-so-lucky have tubs in various shades of pink, blue, green and gold with cracked tiles, dingy floors and mildew […]

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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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Historic Homes:  An Affair of the Heart

Historic Homes: An Affair of the Heart

By on 21 July, 2010 in Sandra Nickel with 3 Comments

By Sandra Nickel As I am often asked how I came to love old houses and old neighborhoods, I thought it time to tell my story. You see, I grew up in a family of 6.  And until I was 10 years old, we were all in a tiny post WWII 2 bedroom, 1 bath […]

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