Home to one of Alabama's most prominent families, whose political leadership in the U.S. Congress shaped the history of our nation, this house was built by John Greer Bankhead in the 1850s and was the birthplace of John Hollis Bankhead, one of Alabama’s most influential congressional representatives. Also born in the house were his two sons, John Hollis Bankhead II and William B. Bankhead, both of whom were elected to Congress, where they were strong proponents of President Roosevelt’s New Deal legislation. The property owners desire to retain the land that has been in their family, despite having no use for the house. A creative solution undoubtedly exists that would resolve the dilemma, but to date no interested entity or individual has come forward with a viable plan.
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.