This Place Matters

Historic Preservation Month is celebrated nationally each May. Spearheaded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the annual recognition seeks to heighten awareness about the wonderful buildings that are part of our shared history.

As part of Historic Preservation Month, the National Trust launched a “This Place Matters” campaign to inspire conversation about preservation, why it’s important and how you can get involved. The campaign further encourages people to share the historic places and spaces that mean something to them through social media.

To join the national conversation, use the hashtag #ThisPlaceMatters on your preferred social media platforms.



In Huntsville, the Historic Preservation Commission (HHPC) and the City’s Preservationist Katie Stamps will celebrate National Preservation Month with a campaign specifically for Rocket City citizens and fans.


Mayor Tommy Battle kicked off the 2018 This Place Matters campaign on April 30 with a news conference declaring the month of May as Huntsville Preservation Month. Activities for May are posted below, and the HHPC team will be posting photos of historic places and spaces on social using the hashtag #ThisPlaceMattersHsv.  Watch weekly Facebook Live events in beautifully restored homes at locations throughout Huntsville’s historic districts. 

Guest Lecture:  Ranch Houses in the Rocket City

Thursday, May 3, 6 p.m. 535 Monroe Avenue

The rocket scientists and engineers that came to Huntsville during the1950s and 1960s changed the course of human history, and they made their mark on Huntsville’s landscape as well. Today, the houses and neighborhoods built for our space-age workforce should be recognized for their historic significance to Huntsville and our national history.

Join us Thursday, May 3, at 6 p.m. at the Huntsville Area Association Realtors Building located at 535 Monroe Avenue, for a presentation on Ranch Houses in the Rocket City led by Dr. Richard Cloues, former Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer for the Georgia Historical Association.  Dr. Cloues is a noted expert in ranch houses and mid-century modern architecture. This free event is co-hosted by the Historic Huntsville Foundation, Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission, and the Huntsville Area Association of Realtors.

Spring Ramble

Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation Spring Ramble, May 4-5, at various historic locations in Huntsville

Throughout the weekend, attendees will enjoy exclusive tours at historic Huntsville sites including Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville West, Burritt Museum, Constitution Village, and Harrison Brothers Hardware, as well as several historic houses of worship.  On Saturday, a closing reception will be hosted by Christa and Jason Butler, owners of the Preservation Company, a fabulous architectural salvage store located in the recently restored 1927 building that originally housed the Lincoln Mill Commissary.

Talk, Walk & Toast

On May 22 at 5:30 p.m., we will host a Talk, Walk & Toast event in Old Town Historic District.  Evening festivities will begin with a Panel Talk at Holmes Street United Methodist Church located at 501 Holmes Avenue NE. Space for this event is limited and pre-registration is required to secure your spot.

Local preservation professionals and advocates will discuss the successes and challenges of Huntsville’s historic districts.  Moderated by Lee Roop of, featured panelists include:  Donna Castellano, Executive Director of Historic Huntsville Foundation; Mike Holbrook, Chairman of Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission; Dr. Joseph Lee, Alabama A&M University Community Development Corporation; and Dr. Caroline Swope, Principal at Kingstree Studios Cultural Resource Management.

Following the panel discussion, guests will walk tree-lined streets on a guided tour of Old Town and see one of the finest collections of Queen Anne dwellings, Victorian cottages, and Craftsman Bungalows in the state of Alabama.  At the end of the night, guests will gather in the connecting gardens of 119 & 121 Walker Avenue.  Constructed in 1892, these Victorian cottage “sister houses” are almost identical in design.  The first floor of 121 Walker Avenue will be open for viewing.

RSVP for “Talk, Walk & Toast”

Historic Property Recognitions 

Throughout May, the City will recognize different properties within each historic district to illustrate how these special places matter to the Huntsville community.  Look for the #ThisPlaceMattersHsv yard signs placed by the City Preservationist and Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission and follow their photo essays on social media.

Participate on Social 

Throughout the month of May, the City will recognize its eight, soon-to-be ten, historic districts with special events, photos, blogs and videos.

Follow along and learn more about Huntsville’s historic neighborhoods by watching the hashtag #ThisPlaceMattersHsv and by visiting the Commission’s Facebook page and Instagram.