Monte D'Oro

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Monte D'Oro is a 160-home residential subdivision in what is now Hoover, developed between 1964 and 1972 by Bill Humphries. Streets in the subdivision included Wisteria Drive (between Montgomery Highway and I-65), Monte D'Oro Drive, Monte D'Oro Circle, Monte D'Oro Way, Monte D'Este Drive, Monte D'Este Way, Monte Verde Drive, and Dundale Road.

Humphries, who attended the Auburn University School of Architecture, designed the houses with assistance from artist Cordray Parker, who had also trained as an architect at Auburn. Many of the homes, which are individually designed, feature prominent mansard roofs and split- or tri-level layouts. Interior paneling is commonly of pecky cypress.

The development office was located at 3200 Monte D'Oro Drive. Humphries built a home for himself at 3325 Monte D'Oro Drive. 3236 Dundale Road was the last house to be completed in the original development. Three more homes on the north side of Wisteria Drive were added in 1998.

The Monte de Fleur Garden Club and Monte D'Oro Planters, member organizations of the Federated Garden Clubs, were both founded in 1971. The Monte de Fleur Garden Club evolved into the Monte D'Oro Neighborhood Association (after a time as the Monte D'Oro Women's Club). The association was responsible for erecting entrance signs for the subdivision. Presently the association promotes beautification and social contacts between neighbors, and discusses issues of common interest. Membership is optional, and the association does not enforce restrictive covenants.

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