at 5260 Vaughn Road, was established in 1950 as an outreach of First Baptist. During its early years on Cleveland Avenue the church enjoyed phenomenal growth; in 1958 it led the State in Baptisms. During the 1960s its congregation moved East and membership declined. In 1975 Ridgecrest Church made the […]

Ridgecrest Baptist Church


retirement home for the elderly, at 135 S Panama Street, stands directly behind Capitol Heights Baptist Church. It was built by the church in 1983, using Federal grant money. This is one of several massive structures that make up the complex. It nicely anchors the SE corner of Capitol Heights. […]

Capitol Heights Place


built in 1974, signaled the end of the 1950s school building formula. New concepts in teaching and in facilities finally persuaded the School Board, and it began to experiment. Air conditioning was now demanded. Frank Johnson had destroyed the old system, and there were new mountains to conquer. The Vaughn […]

Vaughn Road Elementary



at 2514 Madison Avenue, on the corner of its intersection with Ann Street. The church was founded in 1934, and this Greek Revival sanctuary was completed in 1937, a remarkable achievement, considering that the Depression was going strong during those years. Carl Cooper (Berney Walters’ uncle) was architect. -Charles Humphries

Capitol Heights Baptist Church


on E South Boulevard at Narrow Lane Road, is headquarters for most of the State’s Baptist adherents. The original structure (left end) was put up in 1962, and the right half was added in 1997. Before that, Baptist headquarters was located downtown on South Court (opposite the bus station), then […]

Alabama Baptist Convention


Here you see the St. James United Methodist Church of yore, which faces South Court Street, and is the antecedent of the St. James United Methodist that stands today on Vaughn Road at its Ryan intersection. In the center you see the old St. James Sunday School wing, mother of […]

St. James United Methodist Church



stands on West Fairview at the foot of Oak Street. The home of the Wolverines. It cost $36M and will serve 1200 students. The old Carver, replaced by this one, was “formula constructed”, and opened its doors in 1949 as a “vocational school for Colored students”. It stood on this […]

G. W. Carver High School


The Aldersgate United Methodist Church (nee Forest Avenue Methodist) at 6610 Vaughn Road. Its first unit there was built in 1975, and its sanctuary (pictured) was erected in 1998. Aldersgate boasts a membership of 1600. Located adjacent to St. James High School. -Charles Humphries

Aldersgate United Methodist Church


positioned itself right in front of Montgomery Mall, at the tip of the triangle formed by McGehee Rd and the Boulevard. In 1973, after 50 years in furniture row on Commerce Street downtown, Charlie Parker and his partner, Borum Bishop, took the plunge and opened a branch outlet out on […]

Bishop Parker Furniture Store



located on the SW corner where Calhoun deads into Pelzer Avenue. It was organized in 1949, and by 1955 it had already completed two substantial building projects. Its present Greek Revival sanctuary was dedicated in 1965. All this was accomplished under the leadership of the renowned Reverend Louis Armstrong, who […]

Morningview Baptist Church


on Washington Street near South Court. Back in the old days, AT&T (Ma Bell) was looked upon as a beguine old grandmother, and its buildings were substantial additions to the fabric of the community. In the 1940s, probably before, this old structure held all the tel exchanges, which meant every […]

Telephone Company Office


located in the Forest Hills subdivision (takes a map to find it), was a 1950s outreach of Capitol Heights Baptist. Today it is one of the largest churches in our city. Its sanctuary was built in 1965, as one step in a 30 year client relationship forged by my partner, […]

Eastern Hills Baptist Church



located in the woods just off Perry Hill Road at its juncture with Interstate I-85. California style. This is the initial building of a 9-building campus, probably planted in the mid 1980s. The Alabama Mental Health Dept was located out here in ca 1989, until it was brought back downtown […]

Interstate Office Park


at 5780 Vaughn Road, started as a dream in 1991 when Trinity Presbyterian member, Ida Belle Young, donated 40 acres of her meadowland for the purpose of starting a new church. Two years later the church was organized, and its first worship service was held in the Trinity School Cafeteria. […]

Young Meadows Presbyterian Church


The first of the six white concrete buildings that surround the State Capitol. You should ask how Archives ever got the first building. Well, it was like this: Marie Bankhead Owen 1869-1954 was instrumental in forming Alabama’s Archives Department in 1901, the first of its kind in the nation. She […]

The Archives and History Building



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at 1803 Mulberry, was founded in the 1940s, and was thriving when this sanctuary was built in 1956. It was the last job done by WMP, my business partner of neigh 50 years, before he and I left our former employer to start our own practice. At that time, the […]

Forest Park Baptist Church


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The vast but empty ARONOV BUILDING . . . stands at 474 South Court, bereft of its former glory, when it was the most important privately owned building in Montgomery. It was built circa 1966, and by 1970 it was the leased home of the US Social Security offices, the […]

Aronov Building


located on the NW corner of the 5-Points formed by the Fairview, Cloverdale Rd-Woodley intersection. It was founded ca 1932, and its first building faced Fairview. The church closed its doors some 80 years later, and the structure is slated to become the Cloverdale Playhouse, which will feature amateur theater […]

Cloverdale Christian Church



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22,000 seats; eight stories high; looms over I-85. $50,000,000 budgeted, but definitely ran over. Part of $250-million in ongoing campus projects. So much construction traffic that old men are at risk when they go on campus to take pics. -Charles Humphries

ASU Stadium


I passed by this simple little California Mission Revival at 1639 Gilmer Avenue lots of times before it caught my attention. Belatedly, I determined that it was built by Alvin B Weil, of the renowned family that constituted Montgomery’s internationally known Weil Brothers Cotton Brokers. Isadora Weil, who immigrated from […]

Weil Brothers Cotton Brokers


Standing in the shadow of our State Capital. Albert was elected State attorney general in 1953 on a platform to clean up Phoenix City, an Alabama den of sin and inequity that served Ft Benning, Georgia, the huge Army base just across the river from PC. The Phoenix City mob […]

Albert Patterson



A postwar classic Greek Revival, considered to be the jewel of Montgomery’s historic Garden District. Probably built about the time of World War I, when Hull Street was inching its way South, and this was the last house. During the 1930s it was the home of Ray Rushton, who in […]

The Anderson House


At 440 Dalraida Road was built in 1954, but today it shines like a new penny. It was one of the first group of schools hurriedly constructed in the early 1950s. At the time Dalraida Road was only a dirt street, but the area was booming and the need was […]

Dalraida Elementary School


Sits at the South end of our State Capitol, right at the apex of the Avenue of Flags. The original Liberty Bell is situated at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and supposedly it was rung in July of 1776 to announce the first reading of our Declaration of Independence. It had […]

Alabama’s Liberty Bell Replica



High up in the once elegant Cottage Hill District, at 544 Martha Street, stands the Dowe Cottage . . . the 1866 home of Irish immigrants Mike and Mary Dowe. The house was built soon after the Civil War, as part of a neighborhood trend away from grand mansions of […]

Dowe Cottage


Located just North of Jackson Hospital, between Forest Avenue and Mulberry Street. Ribbon cutting was held back in December 2011. It cost $15-million, of which our City and County Govts each put in over a mil. It is one of 15 such centers serving South-Central Alabama. This center is expected […]

River Region Health Center


Here, at the corner of South Decatur and High Streets, stands the last remnant of Capital City Laundry, for most of a century the laundry king of Montgomery. In 1970, Capital City boasted 11 branches, and its only real competitor, Empire-Rouse, had but 8 sites. On this corner, each one […]

Capital City Laundry