The passion for Greek architecture that swept Alabama in the mid-nineteenth century expressed itself in a full range of building types. Occasionally it erupted in bold and high-style buildings, but more often it appeared in simplified forms. Here, in the Christian Valley Baptist Church, simplicity and plainness prevail, giving the circa 1870 structure the feel of the ideal rural Alabama church.
Although the building is structurally sound and in good condition, its growing congregation is thinking of expanding the current facilities. Most recently, the church has proposed demolition of the old building in order to construct a new one nearby. Local preservationists are actively protesting this decision, but the future is uncertain. A promising solution may be to move the structure to a new location where it can begin a new life. UPDATE: At press time, a new location has been found for the Christian Valley Baptist Church.
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.