The Old Decatur and New Albany Historic Districts make up the largest concentration of Victorian era craftsmen and bungalow homes in the state Alabama. They are often referred to as “The Painted Ladies,” and some of these Historic Homes date back to the early 1800s, while others were constructed around the turn of the century and both are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Old Decatur Historic District embraces over 116-acres northwest of 6th ave, with houses ranging in age from 1829 to the present. Styles vary from the French-influenced Empire period to the Edwardian Cottage and beyond. The best way to view these Historic Homes Online is by searching by Neighborhood or Subdivision and the most popular searches include:
The New Decatur-Albany Historic District was founded by northern businessmen in the late 1800s and was named after the New York state capital. It reflects early 20th century trends such as Colonial Revival, California Cottage, Dutch Colonial, and Frank Lloyd Wright influences. This part of the historic district has more listings and current renovations underway, as well as several potential renovations:
As you drive through these Historic Decatur Neighborhoods you will see why it’s a must see attraction. The area is covered with the old charm feeling has you drive down the streets. When you see the over hanging oak trees and beautiful landscaping that go along with the historic construction, you get the feeling you have been thrown-back in time to a totally different era.
Decatur’s Historic Neighborhoods are a place where people truly care about their neighbors, whether that neighbor is the family next door, the market on the corner, or the church down the road! The Historic District extends from its own downtown district centered on Second Avenue to the beautiful and historic Delano Park (named after Sara Delano Roosevelt, mother of Franklin Delano Roosevelt).
You can expect to encounter several Architectural Styles within the Historic District including:
Queen Anne (1875-1910)
Colonial Revival (1870-1920)
American Foursquare (1890-1930)
Dutch Colonial Revival (1900-1930)
Greek Revival (1800-1860)
Why not Take a Tour of our Historic District
Albany & Old Decatur participates in two annual tours of Decatur’s Historic Neighborhoods. You should mark your calendars and make them an annual event.
Christmas Tour of Homes
Every December, residents of Albany and Old Decatur open their doors to share this living link with history with the community. The 2010 tour will take place on December 11th, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Coffee, cookies and other goodies will be available at First United Methodist Church which will serve as headquarters. Be sure to visit our Historic Decatur Christmas Tour web site.
Spring Garden Tour
Gardens, gardens, gardens! While the Christmas Tour of Homes displays the architecture of our houses, the Spring Garden Tour focuses on the lush green spaces around them. The spring garden tour date is May 2, 2010 – 1:00-5:00 pm