For Sale: The Chappell House
The 1845 Chappell House—a unique and handsome structure—sits on the front portion of the property. Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery and the Montgomery County Historical Society stand ready to work with any potential buyer to find a way to retain and reuse this landmark building because of the significant impact reusing it will have on our community. The Dover-Kohl Plan, officially adopted by Montgomery as a guide for future development, specifically calls for the preservation of this landmark. In the past decade, the city’s support for re-using downtown historic buildings has been an effective economic development strategy. The snowball effect of private and public investment in historic buildings is bringing in new dollars, new tax revenue, new residents, new jobs, new visitors and new recreational and entertainment opportunities to downtown. This healthier economy and our walkable downtown neighborhood are enhancing the well-being of all our citizens. In the 1930s, one of the earliest public housing complexes was planned for this site. Both local and federal agencies understood that it would be a serious mistake and major loss to demolish the small and handsome Greek Revival cottage with its long and fascinating history tied to this river bluff location. So, they elected to adaptively refurbish the landmark as business offices for the development. This farsighted initiative was one of the first adaptive uses ever of a landmark building in Alabama—possibly THE first that was government-sponsored. The Chappell House, now the only remaining brick Greek Revival cottage in Montgomery, continued in use for municipal purposes until Riverside Heights was razed a few years ago. The house stands as the only tangible reminder of an enlightened government reuse decision and of one of the New Deal era’s boldest public betterment programs.