Mayor Battle honors Jim Hudson, Pizzelle’s Confections with last “This Place Matters” designation

May 18, 2017


Mayor Battle’s final “This Place Matters” designation was presented to Mr. Jim Hudson and Pizzelle’s Confections this morning.

Mr. Hudson was honored for his leadership in transforming Lowe Mill, a former textile mill and shoe making facility for the Vietnam War, into the nation’s largest privately owned facility for the arts.

“Lowe Mill has been the catalyst for so many great things in our community,” Mayor Battle said. “Jim Hudson’s leadership and investment in this creative campus set both the bar and example in Huntsville, encouraging others to transform our older buildings and give them a new life.”

Mayor Battle also presented a #ThisPlaceMattersHsv award to Caitlin Lyon and Michelle Novosel, the owners of Pizzelle’s Confections. Pizzelle’s, a Huntsville-based small business, recently underwent an expansion at Lowe Mill.

The popular chocolate shop is located in what’s known as the railroad rooms on the Lowe Mill Campus. In its former life, this space was previously used to facilitate the transportation of materials to railroad cars. The news conference took place in front of the building’s original “fire doors”. In case of a fire, the nearly-hundred-year-old metals doors would automatically shut, intended to preserve adjacent sections of the building.

Pizzelle’s is well known locally, regionally and nationally for its ornate and delicious chocolate treats, including such treats like “The Sitar”, “El Machete” and the “Mommy Dearest” bar.

Huntsville City Council Members will continue to honor their choices for the #ThisPlaceMattersHsv designations throughout the month of May. Stay tuned to the Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission’s Facebook page and the City of Huntsville’s Twitter account to follow along with campaign festivities.

It’s all part of Huntsville Preservation Month! #ThisPlaceMattersHsv.


Preservation Month Activities

To celebrate Huntsville’s historic places and older buildings during Preservation Month, the City is leading a number of activities to recognize places that matter. In addition to Mayor Battle recognizing four locations throughout the month of May, City Council members will also recognize re-urbanism projects in their districts by presenting the owners with “This Place Matters” decals to place on their buildings.

The public is encouraged to participate and nominate historic spaces by snapping a photo of their favorite historic building and posting it to their social media platform with the hashtag #ThisPlaceMattersHsv.