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Montgomery in Montgomery County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Decorative Lions Heads

1907-1978

 
 
Decorative Lions Heads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
1. Decorative Lions Heads Marker
Inscription.  
Presented to Montgomery by
the First Alabama Bank of Montgomery, N.A.

These decorative terra cotta lions heads, typical of the ornamentation used in commercial style architecture in the early part of the 20th century, were utilized by the First National Bank of Montgomery on the cornice of their 12 story building from 1907 to 1978. Organized on April 18, 1871, the first location of the bank was on Dexter Avenue which was then called Market Street. In 1975, the name of the bank was changed to First Alabama Bank of Montgomery, N.A. Extensive renovations to the 12 story building in 1978, including the removal of the lions heads, created a new look for First Alabama and the downtown Montgomery area.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureIndustry & CommerceMan-Made Features.
 
Location. 32° 22.664′ N, 86° 18.554′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Commerce Street and Dexter Avenue, on the left when traveling

Decorative Lions Heads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
2. Decorative Lions Heads Marker
south on Commerce Street. Located in a small park on the north side of Court Square. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Here Stood Mrs. Rosa Parks (a few steps from this marker); Rosa Louise McCauley Parks / The Bus Stop (within shouting distance of this marker); City of Montgomery / Court Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Rosa Parks Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); Court Square Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Naming the City of Montgomery / Brigadier General Richard Montgomery (within shouting distance of this marker); Josiah Morris (within shouting distance of this marker); A Tale of Two Towns (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
Also see . . .  Goat Hill History on the Lions of Court Square (blog). (Submitted on December 14, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Decorative Lions Heads and Marker in remodeled park. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 1, 2019
3. Decorative Lions Heads and Marker in remodeled park.
Another Lion Head can be seen in the background, on the side of the building, under the street lights.
Decorative Lions Heads Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, October 1, 2010
4. Decorative Lions Heads Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,026 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 6, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.   3. submitted on December 14, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   4. submitted on October 6, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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