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A.B. Loveman House - Birmingham, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hummerstation
N 33° 30.464 W 086° 46.944
16S E 520210 N 3707597
Quick Description: A.B. Loveman House Historical Marker, Birmingham, AL
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 11/4/2011 8:11:18 PM
Waymark Code: WMD14C
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 4

Long Description:
The A. B. Loveman House is an example of early 20th-century Neoclassicism. The simple block shape of the house is richly detailed and the pedimented portico has clustered Corinthian columns and detail moldings. The A. B. Loveman House was included as a part of the Highland Avenue-Rhodes Park Historic District in the national Register of Historic Places in 1977 and expanded in 1982. The marker was placed by the Alabama Historical Comission.
Marker Name: A.B. Loveman House

Marker Type: Urban

Addtional Information::
The house was built c. 1908 for Adolph B. Loveman, a Hungarian immigrant who in 1887 founded the dry goods business that evolved into one of Birmingham’s signature retail establishments, Loveman, Joseph & Loeb. Its English-style neighbor to the north on the Circle was built at the same time for Adolph’s eldest son Joseph. A fine example of early 20th-century Neoclassicism, the simple block of the house is made monumental by the richly detailed and pedimented portico with its clustered Corinthian columns and detail moldings. Although the identity of the architect is obscure, it is attributed to the firm of Wheelock, Joy and Wheelock. It is thought to have been at least partially designed by Thomas U. Walter III, grandson of U.S. Capitol architect Thomas Ustick Walter. Facing incipient blindness, Mr. Walter retired from the profession about 1905 and his designs were fulfilled by other firms. The house was in the Loveman family for two generations before Leona Loveman Cronhelm sold it in 1973 to a religious group. Shortly thereafter, the Salvation Army purchased the house as a home for girls who used some of the rooms as a bowling alley. Back on the market in the early 1980s, attorney David Shelby for use as an office purchased it for himself and his law partner Robert Roden. Shelby restored the house retaining original materials and features, creating minimal changes to the interior arrangements and completely refurbishing the exterior. In 2008 Roden purchased the house and again refurbished the office as well as the Carriage House at the rear of the property. The former carriage house had been a secondary residence for the family of A. G. Gaston (1892-1996), a pioneering African-American businessman, whose mother worked as a cook for the Loveman family. The A. B. Loveman House was included as a part of the Highland Avenue-Rhodes Park Historic District in the national Register of Historic Places in 1977 and expanded in 1982.

Date Dedicated / Placed: Not Given

Marker Number: None

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