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Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation and Alabama Historical Commission announce 2017 Places in Peril

PIP logo double ATHP and AHCIn the two centuries since the Alabama Territory was established in August 1817, countless agricultural, industrial, educational and recreational structures have been built here. Many of those farms, factories, schools and parks—especially the earliest examples—have succumbed to wind, rain, fire or functional obsolescence. Few farmsteads that started in Alabama’s territorial period survive. Much of Birmingham’s early 20th century industrial architecture has been neglected or demolished. Outmoded railroad stations and maintenance facilities now stand derelict. Scores of Mid-Century Modern Equalization Schools have been abandoned. “Whites Only” public park facilities are a thing of the past.

Still, traces of the material culture of earlier times persist in our state’s built environment, although much of the historic architecture that survives is in poor condition and some needs urgent attention lest the hand of time erase it from Alabama’s landscape. Such is the status of the five special places in peril recognized this year by the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation and the Alabama Historical Commission:

  • Overton Farm, Hodges, Franklin County
  • Chilton County Training School, Clanton, Chilton County
  • Fort Davis Railroad Depot, Fort Davis, Macon County
  • Finley Roundhouse, Birmingham, Jefferson County
  • Henderson Park Recreation Center, Tuskegee, Macon County

For more information on the 2017 Places in Peril, please contact alabamatrust@athp.org or call (205) 652-3497.

Click here to view 2017 Alabama’s Places In Peril listing.

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