Vestavia Hills in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Vestavia Hills Baptist Church / George Ward 1867-1940
Vestavia Hills Baptist Church
Vestavia Hills Baptist Church, constituted May 6, 1957, first met at Vestavia Hills City Hall. The church purchased the George Ward estate in 1958. On the property was Ward’s home, “Vestavia,” a replica of a Roman temple built in the 1920s; a restaurant addition of the 1940s; and the Temple of Sybil. As the original structure deteriorated and church membership grew, the congregation razed Ward’s home, gave Sybil to the city, and built the present structure, completed in 1972.
George Ward 1867-1940
George Ward, born in Georgia, moved to Birmingham (1871) where his family operated the city’s first hotel, the Relay House. A successful businessman, he also was elected as a Birmingham alderman (1899), mayor (1904-1910), and president of the Birmingham City Commission (1913-17). Ward was a progressive urban reformer who, as mayor, oversaw the construction of libraries, playgrounds, parks, and community centers, and improved services to Birmingham’s African American community. “Vestavia,” the home Ward built on Shades Mountain overlooking Birmingham, was modeled on the Roman Temple of the Vestal Virgins, and was surrounded by elaborate gardens.
Erected 2007 by Alabama Historical Association.
Location. Touch for map. Marker located in the Parking lot of the Vestavia Hills Baptist Church. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2600 Vestavia Drive, Birmingham AL 35216, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A History Of Vestavia Hills (approx. one mile away); Sibyl Temple (approx. one mile away); Samford University (approx. 1.1 miles away); America's First Office Park (approx. 1.2 miles away); Edgewood Lake (Drained 1940's) Birmingham Motor & Country Club / Edgewood Country Club (approx. 1.4 miles away); Union Hill Cemetery (approx. 1½ miles away); Hollywood / Hollywood Town Hall / Hollywood Country Club (approx. 1½ miles away); Union Hill Cemetery, Union Hill Methodist Episcopal Church, Union Hill School (approx. 1½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vestavia Hills.
More about this marker. Marker was stolen sometime between Apr 25th & Apr 26th, 2015.
Also see . . .
1. Vestavia Hills Baptist Church Church History. (Submitted on November 9, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
2. George Ward from Bhamwiki (Submitted on November 9, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
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