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Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company Residential Historic District

 
 
Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company Residential Historic District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, May 8, 2018
1. Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company Residential Historic District Marker
Inscription.  In 1901, one of the largest and most advanced southern pine sawmills east of the Mississippi River was built here. In the tradition of the era, the Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company built its own town to house and supply the families of mill workers. By 1915, the mill town of Century included a hotel, hospital, commissary, post office, executive club, business district, schools, churches, and segregated housing districts for black and white families. Housing ranged from small shotgun houses to large two-story, executive homes. Standing along Church Street is one of the lumber company’s last built town structures - a large theater and recreation hall completed in 1922. After a remodeling in 1946, it became lumber company offices. The deteriorated black residential district along Pond Street was largely demolished and the homes replaced in 1986 through a state block grant. The remaining residential district along Front, Church, Fourth, and Mayo streets, and Jefferson and Pinewood avenues represents a rare intact example of an early-twentieth century planned company town in Florida. The district, consisting of 45 historic buildings and a formal garden
Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company Residential Historic District Marker looking southeast image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, May 8, 2018
2. Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company Residential Historic District Marker looking southeast
site, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
 
Erected 2017 by The Alger-Sullivan Historical Society, The Town of Century and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-988.)
 
Location. 30° 58.069′ N, 87° 15.423′ W. Marker is in Century, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and Jefferson Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Front Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Century FL 32535, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Century, Florida / Alger Railroad (approx. half a mile away); Alabama's Own (approx. 2˝ miles away in Alabama); Flomaton, Alabama (approx. 2˝ miles away in Alabama); The Lindsey-Fitzgerald House (approx. 6.4 miles away in Alabama); Francis B. Bonifay Law Office (approx. 6˝ miles away in Alabama); Pollard Methodist Church (approx. 6˝ miles away in Alabama); Pollard Station (approx. 6˝ miles away in Alabama); Site of Pollard (approx. 7.3 miles away in Alabama).
 
Also see . . .  Alger Sullivan Historical Society. (Submitted on July 22, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
 
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Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company Residential Historic District looking northeast on Jefferson Ave image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, May 8, 2018
3. Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company Residential Historic District looking northeast on Jefferson Ave
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 22, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 74 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 22, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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