The Chappell House, built around 1850, is an outstanding example of purposeful adaptive use. Recognizing its historical significance, the Montgomery Housing Authority restored the city’s only surviving brick Greek Revival–style cottage in the 1930s. For nearly seventy years it served as business offices for the surrounding Riverside Heights housing project. With the housing project now gone, the vacant Chappell House faces an uncertain future.
In 2007 the City of Montgomery unanimously approved a municipal master plan that included saving the old house. Th e building was to be incorporated into any new development, just as it had been more than eighty years ago. Local preservation groups have asked city officials to retain this important link to Montgomery’s past.
5/20/2021 12:18:40 pm
A unique historical building. I fully agree with the decision to restore and save this house
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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.