Tag Archives: Downtown Huntsville

Downtown Public Art – Part One

Recently I took a tour of Downtown Huntsville with the purpose of finding as much public art works as I could. Some of it is well-known, some more obscure. Here is part one of what I came up with. As … Continue reading

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Gargoyles in Downtown Huntsville

Or perhaps I should call them frogoyles! Look closer… I have known about these for a long time as the only gargoyles in downtown Huntsville, but only recently took close-up photos showing their amphibian nature. They are on the top … Continue reading

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Able and Baker, Monkeynauts

On the side of the newly opened 106 Jefferson, the Hilton Curio Hotel in Downtown Huntsville, are these two delightful creatures. I knew their names as soon as I realized they were up there. They are Able and Baker, the … Continue reading

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Old and New

Looking southwest on Jefferson at Spring Street. I see five different fonts being used here. As a youngster, I had my first bank account at the now-defunct Henderson National Bank with its art-deco architecture.

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Big Spring Canal

This is the canal that comes from Big Spring, that in turn comes from underneath the Madison County Courthouse. There is a system of caves under the courthouse square. Although I’ve never been in those caves, I hear it was … Continue reading

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The VBC Triangle

No, this isn’t like the Bermuda Triangle. To my knowledge, no one has ever gone missing here! Here in Huntsville, Alabama we’ve had a few big economic developments in the past few years, to put it mildly. And as is … Continue reading

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Downtown Buildings

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The Filling-in of Downtown Huntsville

Back in 1950, Huntsville, Alabama was a sleepy little hamlet of maybe 15,000 citizens. Its courthouse square would have fit in quite well as the backdrop for Forrest Gump’s park bench scene in a small Alabama town. You remember: “Life … Continue reading

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Downtown Huntsville: Pre and Post World War II

I must confess the obvious here: I’ve been fascinated with downtowns and skyscrapers from an early age. I believe it was at the age of ten that my father took my brother and me to watch an Atlanta Braves game, … Continue reading

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Urban Density in Huntsville

Last week, I blogged on Huntsville’s ‘Heaviest Corner’; the place in downtown Huntsville, Alabama that had the greatest density concentration. Since then, I’ve had a few additional thoughts, so I’d like to look further into that topic here. Here are … Continue reading

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