Education


The former headquarters . . . out in Executive Park, bereft of its former glory. Probably vacant now, but 30 years ago this rather nondescript building was the home of the renowned Kindercare Corporation, and it operated kindergarten “learning centers” in every state. It was certainly one of the most […]

Kindercare Headquarters


at 921 West Jeff Davis (if you failed to make the curve of I-85 onto I-65 South ramp, you would land atop the building). It was built in 1923, and for 75 years, as a Junior Hi, then as Elementary, it played an important role in the education of man […]

Loveless School


faces the Mobile Highway, while the Trenholm campus is directly behind it, on Air Base Boulevard, but separated by the main railroad tracks. Yet, considering that the structure grew out of one of Montgomery’s grand corruptions of some 35 years ago, and sat as an abandoned, half finished, hulk for […]

Trenholm Tech Library



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


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


asu stadium construction 2
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




At the edge of the campus facing Taylor Road (I struggle with that name; I suppose it is the antithesis of “illness”). The interior (campus side) view looks fairly routine, but the Taylor Road side (pictured) almost looks like it might take flight. The facility has 73,000 square ft of […]

AUM Wellness Center




Davis Theatre 1
Formerly the old paramount, on Montgomery Street, was built in 1929 (only two years after Al Jolson appeared in the first “talkie”), and it is one of a very few movie houses in the South designed to accommodate both motion pictures and live vaudeville. It could seat 1200. Early on, […]

Davis Theatre


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Located in the bottom immediately behind the Crump Community Center (previous slide), alongside the old C of Ga tracks, boasts 12 lighted, hard surface tennis courts, shuffle board, picnic tables and the pictured clubhouse/ pro-shop. The park was originally opened as Bruce Park in 1971 during Mayor Earl James’ administration, […]

O’Conner Tennis Center




Huntingdon Hut
This is The Hut at Huntingdon College, built by the YWCA in 1922, as the campus social center. Back in those days the YW was far and away the strongest student organization on campus. That group conceived the idea for the building and raised the money. The structure cost about $11,000, […]

Huntingdon’s Hut



Furlong Hall
The campus green at St James School on the Vaughn Road looked awfully vacant last summer when I took this, but school has now started and the place teems with young people. My view looks at Furlong Hall, one not seen by the casual passers-by. STJ moved to this campus […]

Furlong Hall




Morningview 2
During the Depression years our Board of Education bore much criticism for the “extravagant castles” (Lanier and Capitol Heights JrHi) it had built during the Roaring Twenties. Ergo, even before WW II had started, a no-nonsense contractor, T L Bear, had been elected to the Board. Soon after the war […]

Morningview Elementary


Troy Clock
just one block beyond the Bell Building. The tower is topped with the “flame of learning”, and it stands as the herald of Troy University’s Montgomery Campus. The campus engulfs Montgomery Street, and  has transformed the image of that street. Troy University began in Troy, Alabama in 1887 as Troy […]

Troy’s Clock Tower











Baldwin Magnet
The old Sidney Lanier, which exists today as Baldwin Magnet School. For many years Scott Street (near side of the structure) was closed to afford the school playground space. Then, circa 1981, after the facility had served as Baldwin Junior High for many years, the street was reopened (my project) […]

Baldwin Junior High School