Cottage Hill Real Estate & Information

Cottage Hill Real Estate & Information

The Cottage Hill district, Montgomery's oldest surviving residential area, overlooks the Alabama River to the north and the downtown business area and the Capitol center to the east. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, the district's distinct architectural design reflects the taste and lifestyle of the urban middle class from 1870 to 1910.

Most residences are simple framed structures with an unassuming amount of Victorian detail. Two of the most prominent house types in the area are the five bay facade, central hall plan with a low hipped or gabled roof, characteristic of the mid-century structures. More common is the irregularly massed, frame home with a front porch abutting a gabled bay or front room.

Cottage Hill takes its name from the first public school that opened in the district in 1891. Though the structure was refurbished many times from its original small red school house, the school itself remained open until 1963.

As Montgomery moved toward the suburbs during the 1950's and 1960's the houses of the Cottage Hill district deteriorated and the area was slated to become an industrial warehouse area. But, the district experienced a revival in the 1970's as its potential for development as a downtown residential and shopping area was rediscovered. It was zoned as an historic district in 1974.

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