by Stephen Hartsfield

When most people think of art, architecture is usually not the first discipline that comes to mind.  It is more common to ponder the works of Picasso or Rembrandt, Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci.  The landscapes of Bob Ross or the abstract expressionism of Jackson Pollock are more likely to be discussed than the designs of the buildings that people use on a daily basis.  It is more common to hear a conversation discussing the prolific songwriting of Bob Dylan or John Prine than the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian column design used in Greco-Roman architecture.  The Dorian based solos and phrasing of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is a much more likely discussion than the advent of the arch and the cathedrals that were built by utilizing that innovation.

If, however, a discussion of architecture does arise, Calhoun County, Alabama is usually not one of the locations that immediately come to mind.  But since its founding, there have been many structures that have been built that exhibit innovative thinking and construction techniques and have provided the area with some truly exceptional buildings.  In Calhoun County, there are over sixty structures and districts that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church is located at 1000 West 18th Street in Anniston, Alabama.  The architect William Halsey Wood designed the building and ground was broken for the complex on June 11, 1888.  Constructed in the Norman style with locally sourced materials, the church was consecrated on September 29, 1890.  It was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage on November 23, 1976 and to the National Register of Historic Places on March 14, 1978. 

Not to be outdone by their Protestant counterparts, the local Jewish community constructed Temple Beth-El in 1891.  It is a fine example of Romanesque Revival style architecture and is a synagogue located at 301 East 13th Street in Anniston, Alabama.  It was built in 1891 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

But places of worship are not the only structures in the county that are notable.  The Calhoun County Courthouse was designed by Atlanta Architect J. W. Golucke.  The structure was built in 1900 in the Neoclassical style at 25 West 11th street, and was rebuilt after a 1931 fire.  It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.  The East Anniston Residential Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 28, 1993.  The district contains structures in the Prairie School, Bungalow/Craftsman, and Queen Anne styles and runs along Leighton and Christine Avenues from 11th street to 22nd street and along Woodstock Avenue from 11th Street to Rocky Hollow.

Architecture can easily be overlooked as an art form even though people pass by or enter significant structures every day.  The next time you drive through a Calhoun County town or walk down its streets, take a look around you.  You may see something you have never noticed before.  And it is likely you will be struck by its elegance and beauty.

Calhoun County National Register of Historic Places

Property NameCityAddress
GreenwoodAlexandriaJct. Old Anniston–Gadsden Rd. and Co. Rd. 25
Anniston Cotton Manufacturing CompanyAnniston215 W. Eleventh St.
Anniston Electric and Gas Company Plant, OldAnniston2 W. Third St.
Anniston Inn KitchenAnniston130 W. 15th St.
Anniston Transfer CompanyAnniston911 Wilmer Ave.
Bagley–Cater BuildingAnniston15 E. Tenth St.
Bank of AnnistonAnniston1005 Noble St.
Caldwell BuildingAnniston1001 Noble St.
Calhoun County CourthouseAnniston25 W. Eleventh St.
Crowan CottageAnniston1401 Woodstock Ave.
Downtown Anniston Historic DistrictAnnistonRoughly bounded by Moore Ave., 14th St., Wilmer Ave. and 9th St.
Downtown Anniston Historic District (Boundary Increase)AnnistonBounded by Wilmer & Walnut Aves., W. 9th & 14th Sts.
East Anniston Residential Historic DistrictAnnistonRoughly, along Leighton and Christine Aves. from 11th St. to 22nd Sts. and Woodstock Ave. from 11th St. to Rocky Hollow
Fort McClellan Ammunition Storage Historic DistrictAnnistonPappy Dunn Blvd.
Fort McClellan Industrial Historic DistrictAnnistonJimmy Parks Blvd., Transportation Rd., Idaho Ave.
Fort McClellan Post Headquarters Historic DistrictAnnistonBuckner Circle, Headquarters Ave., Drennan Dr.
Fort McClellan World War II Housing Historic DistrictAnnistonBreman Rd. Bachelor Dr., Iron Mountain Rd., Micron Wy.
Glen Addie Volunteer Hose Company Fire HallAnnistonFourth St. and Pine Ave.
Glenwood Terrace Residential Historic DistrictAnnistonRoughly bounded by Oak St., Jefferson Ave., lots on S side of Glenwood Terr. & N side of Orchard St., and Highland Ave.
Glover, Henry Burt, HouseAnniston1119 Leighton Ave.
Grace Episcopal ChurchAnniston1000 Leighton Ave.
Hillside CemeteryAnnistonHighland Ave. between Tenth and Eleventh Sts.
Huger, Richard P., HouseAnniston1901 Wilmer Ave.
Kilby HouseAnniston1301 Woodstock Ave.
Kress BuildingAnniston1106 Noble St.
Lyric TheatreAnniston1302 Noble St.
McKleroy-Wilson-Kirby HouseAnniston1604 Quintard Ave.
Montgomery Ward–Alabama Power Company BuildingAnniston1201 Noble St.
Mount Zion Baptist ChurchAnniston212 Second St.
Noble CottageAnniston900 Leighton Ave.
Noble, Samuel, MonumentAnnistonEleventh St. and Quintard Ave.
Noble–McCaa–Butler HouseAnniston1025 Fairmont Ave.
Nonnenmacher BakeryAnniston36 W. Eleventh St.
Nonnenmacher HouseAnniston1311 Gurnee Ave.
Oak Tree CottageAnniston721 Oak St.
Parker Memorial Baptist ChurchAnniston1205 Quintard Ave.
Parker-Reynolds HouseAnniston330 E. 6th St.
Peerless SaloonAnniston13 W. Tenth St.
Saint Paul’s Methodist Episcopal ChurchAnniston1327 Leighton Ave.
Security Bank BuildingAnniston1030 Noble St.
Smith, Lansing T., HouseAnniston531 Keith Ave.
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal ChurchAnnistonW. 18th St.
Temple Beth-ElAnniston301 E. Thirteenth St.
The PinesAnnistonSE corner of 5th St. and Lapsley Ave.
Tyler Hill Residential Historic DistrictAnnistonRoughly bounded by E. Seventh, Knox and Goodwin and Lapsley Aves., E. Sixth St., and Leighton Ave.
U.S. Post OfficeAnniston1129 Noble St.
Union Depot and Freight HouseAnniston1300 Walnut Ave.
West Fifteenth Street Historic DistrictAnniston416–712 W. Fifteenth St.
Wikle Drug CompanyAnniston1010 Noble St.
Coldwater Creek Covered BridgeColdwaterSpans Coldwater Creek 0.5 mi. (0.8 km) from I 20
Aderholdt’s MillJacksonvilleAderholdt’s Mill Rd.
Downtown Jacksonville Historic DistrictJacksonvilleRoughly bounded by College, Thomas, Coffee, and Spring Sts.
First Presbyterian ChurchJacksonville200 E. Clinton St.
Francis, Dr. J. C., OfficeJacksonville100 Gayle St.
Henry, Charles B., BarnJacksonville0.5 mi. W of AL 21, S of Branscomb Dr. and N of Henry Rd.
Profile Cotton Mills Historic DistrictJacksonvilleAlexandria St., A St., H St., and D St.
Ten OaksJacksonville805 Pelham Rd. S
Woods, Alexander, HouseJacksonville517 N. Pelham Rd.
Janney FurnaceOhatchee1 mi. NW of Ohatchee off AL 62
Cooper, Davis C., HouseOxford301 Main St.
Snow, Dudley, HouseOxford704 Snow St.
Southern Railway DepotPiedmont200 N. Center Ave.

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