The Johnston-Curtright House is among Tuskegee’s finest surviving Greek Revival dwellings. Constructed around 1850 for Burr Johnston, a prominent lawyer and delegate to the Alabama Constitutional Convention, the house features a two-story portico with six fluted Doric columns and a hand-carved staircase. Now seriously threatened by neglect, the Johnston-Curtright house is left open repeatedly to vagrants. Ruinous chimneys and open windows expose sections of the interior to the elements. Local preservationists are trying to work with the current owners to encourage the stabilization of the building and to look into options for purchase and restoration.
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.