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Mountain Brook in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

America's First Office Park

 
 
America's First Office Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 7, 2015
1. America's First Office Park Marker
Inscription. In 1955, Ervin Jackson and Newman H. Waters developed the first office park in the United States.

Since 1871 office buildings had been located in downtown Birmingham so the concept of thousands of workers coming to a suburban work-place was a daring experiment. The new plan worked and changed forever the working habits of office employees all over America.

With the concept of low-rise buildings, free parking, easy access and beautiful surroundings, with landscaping, fountains and attractive architecture, the idea quickly spread across the country. Philip C. Jackson, Sr. was also very instrumental in bringing Mountain Brook Office Park to fruition.

The successful beginning of this office park was through the contributions of various people including architects Harry D. Hester and Lawrence S. Whitten, lead contractor F. R. Soar & Son, landscaper Hubert Norwood and leasing agent Willis T. Snow of the Jackson Company.
 
Erected 2012 by the Jefferson County Historical Association.
 
Location. 33° 28.744′ N, 86° 46.194′ W. Marker is in Mountain Brook, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Office Park Circle 0.1 miles west of Cahaba Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map
Looking towards entrance to Office Park Circle. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 7, 2015
2. Looking towards entrance to Office Park Circle.
. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Office Park Circle, Birmingham AL 35223, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Early Mountain Brook Village Area (approx. 0.4 miles away); Union Hill Cemetery, Union Hill Methodist Episcopal Church, Union Hill School (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Union Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.6 miles away); Robert Jemison, Jr. (1878-1974) / The Old Mill (1927) (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lane Park (approx. 0.9 miles away); Hollywood / Hollywood Town Hall / Hollywood Country Club (approx. 0.9 miles away); Shades Valley High School (approx. 0.9 miles away); Canterbury United Methodist Church (approx. 1.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mountain Brook.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Some of the office park buildings. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 7, 2015
3. Some of the office park buildings.
More of original office buildings. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 7, 2015
4. More of original office buildings.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 285 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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