Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Suburban neighborhoods south of Birmingham
South view from Red Mountain
1. Mountain Brook
Developer Robert Jemison Jr. and landscape architect Warren H. Manning planned Mountain Brook to appear to have grown up naturally over time. Manning’s plan called for nature preserves, roads and lots that followed the terrain’s contours, sandstone gates and bridges, and a quaint, Tudor-style shopping center, Mountain Brook Village.
In 1924, developer Clyde Nelson and architect George P. Turner created the Hollywood neighborhood, known for its Spanish Colonial Revival and English Tudor homes. Nelson enticed Birmingham residents to move to the neighborhood with the slogan “Out of the smoke zone and into the Ozone.” The City of Homewood
Throughout the 1800s, the area south of Red Mountain that became Homewood was mostly farmland. In the decades after Birmingham’s founding, investors transformed the area into the site of several residential suburbs. Three of those – Rosedale, Edgewood, and Grove Park – merged to form the city of Homewood in 1927.
Residents began purchasing small tracts of land in Rosedale, one of the Birmingham area’s oldest primarily African American communities, as early as 1889. About a third of early Rosedale residents were laborers while others were among the area’s first African American professionals and business owners.
5. Vestavia Hills
In 1924, a former Birmingham mayor George B. Ward built his lavish estate – named Vestavia after the Temple of Vesta in Rome - on the crest of Shade Mountain. After Ward’s death, real estate developer Charles Byrd purchased the estate along with surrounding land and named his development Vestavia Hills. Today, the Temple of Sybil, a remnant relocated from Ward’s estate, marks the entrance into the Birmingham suburb on U.S. Highway 31.
Erected by Brice Building Company, Inc. and Macy’s Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers .
Location. 33° 29.499′ N, 86° 47.736′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from Valley View Drive west of Richard Arrington Jr Boulevard South. Located in Vulcan Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham AL 35209, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Building The Park (a few steps from this marker); Birmingham District Minerals (a few steps from this marker); The Works Progress Administration (a few steps from this marker); Vulcan Statue (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lone Pine Mine (within shouting distance of this marker); Industry (within shouting distance of this marker); A New City (within shouting distance of this marker); The Iron Man: Vulcan (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
Also see . . . Vulcan Park and Museum. (Submitted on October 6, 2013.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 5, 2013, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 400 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on May 29, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1. submitted on October 5, 2013, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. 2. submitted on October 6, 2013, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.