Published on February 15, 2022
A Huntsville neighborhood built more than half a century ago has been added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).
Built in the 1950s, McThornmor Acres was listed on the NRHP on February 9. Just six months ago, the city celebrated the addition of another historic district, Edmonton Heightsat the PNSR.
“The addition of McThornmor Acres to the National Register of Historic Places is an exciting announcement for all of our citizens,” said Mayor Tommy Battle. “We have so much residential growth and development in every corner of our city, but this honor reminds us that we also need to recognize and protect our existing historic neighborhoods.”
About McThornmorand Acres
The design of McThornmor Acres reflects the city’s goals of creating a modern neighborhood for the space program and rocketry workforce. The neighborhood is remarkably intact, with most houses retaining their original appearance.
The houses represent the architecture of the era, including post-war and multi-level ranches and mid-century contemporary structures.
Donna Castellano, Executive Director of Huntsville Historical Foundation (HHF), initially identified McThornmor Acres for possible inclusion in the NRHP. David Schneider of Schneider Historic Preservation, LLC, inspected the neighborhood, which was completed in 2018.
“McThornmor Acres is valuable because it is a connection between the people and events that helped shape Huntsville,” said Katie Stamps, the town’s preservation planner. “We continue to have our historic districts recognized through resource surveys in hopes of gaining national recognition.”
A public meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. about a proposed historic resource survey of Magnolia Terrace, another Huntsville neighborhood built in the 1950s and 1960s that was home to some of the earliest black professionals and middle-class families in Huntsville. The investigation represents the first phase of a multi-phase process to assess Magnolia Terrace’s eligibility for listing on the NRHP.
Click on here to learn more about Magnolia Terrace and the upcoming meeting.