Bankhead-Shackelford House, Courtland, Lauderdale County, c.1880-1900 (Places in Peril 2010)
A key architectural landmark of the Courtland National Register Historic District, the Bankhead-Shackelford House was perhaps the most significant residence built in this planter community during the post-Reconstruction era. This house dates between the prosperous antebellum years and the renewal of cotton prosperity that occurred between 1900 and the beginning of the First World War. Accordingly, the house attests to a tendency for older forms and layouts to linger underneath decorative detail that changed with the tide of fashion. Today the house speaks to the architectural conservatism of Alabama’s nineteenth-century agrarian gentry. Unoccupied for many years, the house has been minimally maintained. For this warm and enticingly livable place, a thoughtful restoration would not only preserve this important piece of Alabama’s architecture, but serve as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization.
mel brandenburg /brett dennis
4/15/2016 08:54:17 am
we have bought this property in 2015 and are in the process of resteration.......
5/27/2017 12:15:34 pm
You didn't leave your phone numbers yesterday. You have mine. Please call me.
12/9/2017 12:11:35 pm
I hope it's going ok. I had read an article about the town going to bankrupt.
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Alabama's Endangered Historic Landmarks
Each year since 1994, Alabama Heritage has highlighted threatened historic sites throughout Alabama. The “Places in Peril” list has identified more than 215 imperiled historic resources throughout the state, and is compiled by the Alabama Historical Commission and the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation. The locations highlight the results of deferred maintenance, perceived obsolescence, development pressures, and lack of funding—forces that now more than ever threaten our cultural legacy. But awareness is a powerful force, too, and can cultivate a renewed determination to be responsible stewards of our heritage. For more information, visit the AHC or the ATHP websites. Alabama Heritage is proud to bring to you a selection of the places designated as perilous. Please keep your comments to information relevant to the featured place in peril. Alabama Heritage reserves the right to delete any comment that we deem inappropriate.