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Battle proclaims May as Preservation Month in Huntsville

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Mayor Tommy Battle and area officials met at the historic downtown railroad depot Monday morning to proclaim May as Preservation Month in the city.

(From release) Mayor Tommy Battle proclaimed May as Preservation Month during a ceremony today with preservation leaders at the historic Huntsville Depot. Following a proclamation reading, the Mayor and preservation leaders kicked off a “This. Place. Matters.” social media campaign for residents to post photos of historic places they love.

The Mayor remarked on Huntsville’s foresight in retaining many important historic structures and on the resurging interest in repurposing and preserving older buildings.

“Places do Matter,” said Mayor Battle. “In a time where people are hungry for authenticity, quality, and craftsmanship, we are seeing greater interest in restoring and repurposing places in our community.”

The Mayor cited the Belk-Hudson lofts downtown, Lowe Mill and Lincoln Mill, Campus No. 805, and Providence Classical School – to name a few. He also noted the City’s high number of preserved structures and districts including the Twickenham area, Old Town, and Five Points Districts; Humphrey Rogers House, Washington Square, the Times Building, Terry Hutchens Building, Struve-Hay Building, First National Bank Building, Yarbrough Building, Dunnavant’s Building, Harrison Brothers and many historic churches and other downtown buildings.

The Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission, a key driver in this effort since 1972, announced two new projects of note: a historical survey of McThornmor Acres neighborhood, and a heritage development plan for Alabama A&M University.

“None of these projects would be possible without the support of local organizations like the Historic Huntsville Foundation and the Normal Historic District Preservation Association, community members, and of course Mayor Tommy Battle,” said Jessica White-Blatter, Huntsville Historic Preservation Consultant.

“This. Place. Matters.” is part of a national campaign for cities to recognize their historic assets. Mayor Battle tweeted a photo of the Historic Depot Museum with the hashtag #ThisPlaceMattersHsv and #ThisPlaceMatters. What places matter most to you?

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