Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company Residential Historic District

Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company Residential Historic District (HM29NW)

Location: Century, FL 32535 Escambia County
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N 30° 58.069', W 87° 15.423'

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In 1901, one of the largest and most advanced southern pine sawmills east of the Mississippi River was built here. In the tradition of the era, the Alger-Sullivan Lumber Company built its own town to house and supply the families of mill workers. By 1915, the mill town of Century included a hotel, hospital, commissary, post office, executive club, business district, schools, churches, and segregated housing districts for black and white families. Housing ranged from small shotgun houses to large two-story, executive homes. Standing along Church Street is one of the lumber company's last built town structures - a large theater and recreation hall completed in 1922. After a remodeling in 1946, it became lumber company offices. The deteriorated black residential district along Pond Street was largely demolished and the homes replaced in 1986 through a state block grant. The remaining residential district along Front, Church, Fourth, and Mayo streets, and Jefferson and Pinewood avenues represents a rare intact example of an early-twentieth century planned company town in Florida. The district, consisting of 45 historic buildings and a formal garden site, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
HM NumberHM29NW
Year Placed2017
Placed ByThe Alger-Sullivan Historical Society, The Town of Century and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 475452 N 3426063
Decimal Degrees30.96781667, -87.25705000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 58.069', W 87° 15.423'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 58' 4.1400000000002" N, 87° 15' 25.38" W
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Area Code(s)850
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 407 Front St, Century FL 32535, US
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