English Village

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Watercolor illustration of English Village by artist Bob Moody (link)

English Village, along with Mountain Brook Village and Crestline Village, is one of three "village" commercial districts in Mountain Brook. English Village is located on the southern slope of Red Mountain, along Cahaba Road around 20th and 21st Avenues South, in a small spur of northwest Mountain Brook surrounded largely by the Birmingham city limits.

History

English Village formed in the 1920s and 1930s near the site of the older Hedona mine camp and Birmingham Mineral Railroad stop. It originally hosted four filling stations, two grocery stores, and a dairy store.

A bronze statue, Civitas, was installed in English Village in 1998, honoring 1920s architect Carolyn Smith.

In 2006, Mountain Brook began examining the possibility of having English Village designated as an historic district. The nearby neighborhoods of Redmont Park, Altamont, and Hollywood are already designated as historic districts, and Redmont Garden Apartments on the village's east side are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Current businesses

Former businesses

References

  • Wolfson, Hannah (December 6, 2006) "Historic district designation considered for 3 villages." Birmingham News

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