“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

The Coe House


The Coe House Marker: Side A image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, May 16, 2009
1. The Coe House Marker: Side A
Inscription. John Valentine Coe, president of Birmingham Lumber and Coal Company, commissioned this two-story Craftsman-Tudor Revival style house in 1908. Coe, who had previously been a lumber merchant in Selma, moved his family and business to Birmingham at the turn of the 20th century. As the business thrived, he built this house in the Rhodes Park area of the Highland Park neighborhood. At the time, Highland Park's gracious homes and trolley network made it one of Alabama's most exclusive residential areas.

As a young child, the Coe's daughter, Frances, was stricken with polio and remained largely confined to the house for most of her life.

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In 1970, the Coe family sold the property and it housed the Morningside Commune until 1975. In 1977, the Alabama United Methodist Children's Home acquired the property and for more than two decades assisted over 3,600 children. The Coe House was purchased from the UMCH and restored as a private residence in 1999.

The house was individually listed to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage in 1977. Also in 1977, the Highland Avenue - Rhodes Park Historic District was included in the National Register of Historic Places. The Coe House was added to the historic district when it expanded in 1982 to include the Rhodes Park area. The Highland
The Coe House Marker: Side B image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, May 16, 2009
2. The Coe House Marker: Side B
Park neighborhood contains some of Birmingham's most notable residential architecture and is representative of some of the earliest urban residential planning efforts in the state.
Erected by Alabama Historical Commission.
Location. 33° 30.42′ N, 86° 46.962′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of 29th Street South and Rhodes Circle South, on the left when traveling north on 29th Street South. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Birmingham AL 35205, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Donnelly House (within shouting distance of this marker); A.B. Loveman House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jordan Home (about 300 feet away); Independent Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Little Theater Clark Memorial Theatre Virginia Samford Theatre (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of the First Alabama - Auburn Football Game (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Vincentís Hospital (approx. 0.4 miles away); Redmont Park Historic District (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Birmingham.
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The Coe House & Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, May 16, 2009
3. The Coe House & Marker
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,348 times since then and 98 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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