Crump Center
Oh, the irony of it all. A couple years ago the Crump Center, a City-operated redoubt for the Still-Agile-Elderly, was moved from its former smallish Elizabethan Style home on Highland Avenue, way out onto Federal (now Congressman Dickinson) Drive, past the Coliseum. Today the center holds forth in this huge, […]

Crump Center

an adjunct of Baptist Hospital South, built in 1962 from a generous contribution of Arthur Mead. Initially it was a 40-bed nursing home; a decade later it was converted to hospital use, still later to psychiatric beds. Today its grand porch for rocking chairs has been filled in, its lawns […]


Davis Building
now part of the Troy University Montgomery campus. It was built by mogul Horace Davis circa 1959, when his Davis Motor Co (Pontiacs & Cadillac’s) held forth directly across the street, and its prime first floor tenant was GMAC.  For two decades, this structure held the home offices of the […]

Davis Building

Greyhound 1
Oh, how sad you are, Greyhound. What a comedown from the grand bus system I knew as a boy! Back then, bus stations were in impressive buildings located within walking distance of the train depot, to facilitate passenger transfers. In all the larger towns they boasted covered loading, and often […]

Greyhound Bus Station

Cloverdale Shopping Center 1
on South Court, ancient and decrepit –but still vibrant. It was the centerpiece of Folmar & Flinn’s vast Cloverland Housing development of the late 1940s –a stunning achievement for that era. Of course, the sidewalk covers were added later. The TruValue hardware store you see was the Cloverland Grocery anchor […]

Cloverland Shopping Center

FedEx Offices
in Gunter Industrial Park are in the section that serves as front door to the park. This is one of the first and most successful industrial parks in Alabama. It was developed on land ceded back to the city by DoD in 1973, when Gunter AFB was downsized and became […]

FedEx Offices

Bonnie Crest
at 1410 Federal Drive, features an 18-hole golf course which was opened in 1938. The club is presently facing difficulty, and while it still operates as a private club, its course was recently opened for public play. This entrance drive stands directly opposite the Beard Building. -Charles Humphries

Bonnie Crest Country Club

Lakeview Center
sits on Eastchase Lane, out behind the Eastchast shopping city. It is a 4-story, 100,000+ square foot, Class-A office building, the first of four structures planned to form a 30-acre “office campus” at this site. The building houses (among others) the corporate offices of the Jim Wilson Associates that built […]

Lakeview Center

Sterling Bank
at 4121 Carmichael Road has been there since 1989. Sterling is a division of Synovus Bank, one of the largest “community banks” in the southeast. It has holdings in five states (primarily Georgia), and each of its many divisions has a different name. Thus, Sterling appears as a “local” bank […]

Sterling Bank Headquarters

Eastdale Mall
This mall opened in 1977, Aranov’s pride and joy, and despite numerous remodeling, it still exudes a certain 1970’s charm. Notable for its ice skating rink, and for its still operating 8-screen movie theater. A sister of University Mall in Tuscaloosa, it boasts four anchor department stores –100 outlets total […]

Eastdale Mall

Max Credit Union
located on the Eastdale Mall circle drive. It was founded in 1955 to serve employees and stationers of Maxwell AFB, but since has redefined its eligible class as anyone who ever thought about living or working in Montgomery. It now has over 110,000 members; does that translate to a third […]

Max Federal Credit Union

Yancey Law Office
located at the corner of Washington and Perry Streets, directly across from the old Courthouse. From here the firebrand, William Lowndes Yancey, trumpeted for States Rights, and became the South’s leading advocate for secession. Lincoln credited Yancey with starting the Civil War. Yancey wrote Alabama’s Ordinance of Secession. Standing on […]

Yancey Law Office

Jackson Hospital
Today (top), and circa 1920 (bottom view). It began as Highland Park Sanitarium in a row of houses on Forest Avenue. In the upper view you can see the bridge which connected the old building to the doctor’s offices on the left. Around 1975 the bridge held the quite-famous Ponte […]

Jackson Hospital

Elite Cafe 2
The site of Montgomery’s renowned Elite Cafe (pronounced E-lite) at 121 Montgomery Street. It opened in 1910 and during its 1940s-‘50s heyday, it was known region wide. In that era, all the guests at the numerous masked balls would reassemble here after the dance was over and continue the revelry […]

Elite Cafe

Real Estate Financing
The Perry Street home of the onetime Real Estate Financing Inc, a creation of Edwin Auerbach Sr. Ed returned to his insurance business after WW-II and found a tremendous need for financing of a pent-up housing market. Backed by his mother-in-law, he was able to grow a new business that […]

Real Estate Financing Inc

Bishop Parker
at 152 Coosa Street (across from the stadium) was built as a Schloss & Kahn wholesale  grocery warehouse in 1905. Its current use signals the 1995 return of that venerable old furniture store to the downtown area whence it came. BP founder Charlie Parker was my wife’s uncle. -Charles Humphries

Bishop Parker Warehouse

Bus Council
The headquarters is at 2 North Jackson Street, sits right behind the huge Gordon Persons Building, very appropriate since Persons was the last businessman governor we’ve managed to elect. The Council represents over 5,000 Alabama businesses, and was formed in 1985 with the merger of the Alabama Chamber of Commerce and […]

Business Council of Alabama

John Knox
at 4401 Narrow Lane Road, opened in 1970 as a new concept in elder-care. It was built by the East Alabama Presbytery, using some kind of Federal grant, offering “Christian care” assisted living apartments for retired people. A highly rated skilled nursing facility was added in 1976, and a dementia […]

John Knox Manor

at 105 Tallapoosa Street was a 1903 collaboration between architect Frank Lockwood and contractor Algenon Blair. The keystone arch theme almost gives it a whimsical feel. The Winter-Loeb wholesale grocery company was organized circa 1895 by immigrants Isaac Winter and his brother-in-law, Jacques Loeb. My wife’s grandfather, Edward Eugene Langham, […]

Winter-Loeb Building