Glen Iris is a historical neighborhood in Birmingham's Southside community. The neighborhood centers around Glen Iris Park, a central park with 20 residential lots of two acres each. The park was created by Robert Jemison, Sr, who around 1901 envisioned and developed a highly exclusive place for Birmingham's elite to live. Most of the homes were built between 1901 and 1940, with some homes being built on open lots in later years. Each home surrounded the park, which contained trails and green space for the residents to enjoy. The initial residents each agreed to not to sell their homes without the consent of the other neighbors.
Across its history, many prominent Birmingham families have lived in Glen Iris, including W. P. G. Harding, president of the First National Bank; R. DuPont Thompsons, Dr. George M. Morrow, the Goodall Browns, the deBardelebens, and the Jemisons. Recently, various developers have proposed apartments in or around Glen Iris Park, primarily due to the proximity to UAB. However, Glen Iris still retains its historical character. Currently, a number of the homes in Glen Iris Park are on the National Register of Historic Places.