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A Photo by Any Other Name

A Photo by Any Other Name

By on 22 February, 2016 in Carole King, Historic Midtown with 0 Comments

We’re working on a really neat archival project at Landmarks Foundation. With help from the National Archives through the Alabama State Historical Records Advisory Board, we received a grant to inventory, identify, and catalog assorted historical materials in our collection — photographs, documents, maps, drawings, publications. These historic records housed at Landmarks Foundation include the […]

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End Your Day with the Sundowners

End Your Day with the Sundowners

Sundowners is a new fun and educational series that Landmarks Foundation has initiated to help you wind down your busy work day. A “sundowner” is actually a British colloquial term for an alcoholic beverage shared with friends after completing a long, hard day. And although we do have refreshing beverages and munchies, it’s all about […]

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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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Springtime Will Eventually Arrive, But in the Meantime…

Springtime Will Eventually Arrive, But in the Meantime…

As we settle in for some chilly temperatures and dream of spring and daffodils, now is the time to plan for those annual projects. You’ll be ready to start those projects as soon as the groundhog misses seeing his shadow! Mailboxes are beginning to fill up with seed catalogs, and we long to get dirt […]

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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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Uniting to Save our Hex Blocks!

Uniting to Save our Hex Blocks!

To those of us who enjoy old house living, one of the features we like most about our streetscapes is the hex block sidewalks. These hex blocks have as much history as our neighborhoods. Unfortunately, like many things we love about our historic neighborhoods, these blocks are endangered.   The recent road infrastructure project at Five […]

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Montgomery’s Most Endangered

Montgomery’s Most Endangered

June 23, the National Trust for Historic Preservation released its annual “11 Most Endangered Places” list. It made me think about places and things in our Montgomery community that might also be at risk. First to come to mind is the hex paver sidewalks that occur in our oldest historic areas: Cottage Hill, a turn-of-the-last-century […]

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Conservation Projects with Surprises at the Governor’s Mansion

Conservation Projects with Surprises at the Governor’s Mansion

By on 18 June, 2014 in Art, Carole King, Historic preservation with 2 Comments

Restoration of the public rooms of the Governor’s Mansion continues with the completion of two art conservation projects. Recently, First Lady Dianne Bentley presided over the unveiling of the newly conserved painting in the Mansion’s historic collection, Mountain Tops in Snow, painted by Thomas Moran in 1878 and donated to the Mansion in 1977. The […]

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A Buyer for 1802 Madison

A Buyer for 1802 Madison

It’s been quiet over at 1802 Madison lately. After a few weekends in a row of chain saws buzzing, city trucks hauling, volunteers drinking coffee, eating G & S donuts and working hard, it seems really quiet. Media coverage and social media are also notably flat after accumulating “likes” on Facebook including international comments, weekly […]

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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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