Vestavia Hills Baptist Church / George Ward 1867-1940

Vestavia Hills Baptist Church / George Ward 1867-1940 (HMP80)

Location: Vestavia Hills, AL 35216 Jefferson County
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N 33° 27.699', W 86° 46.241'

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Vestavia Hills Baptist Church
Vestavia Hills Baptist Church, constituted May 6, 1957, first met at Vestavia Hills City Hall. The church purchased the George Ward estate in 1958. On the property was Ward's home, "Vestavia," a replica of a Roman temple built in the 1920s; a restaurant addition of the 1940s; and the Temple of Sybil. As the original structure deteriorated and church membership grew, the congregation razed Ward's home, gave Sybil to the city, and built the present structure, completed in 1972.

George Ward 1867-1940
George Ward, born in Georgia, moved to Birmingham (1871) where his family operated the city's first hotel, the Relay House. A successful businessman, he also was elected as a Birmingham alderman (1899), mayor (1904-1910), and president of the Birmingham City Commission (1913-17). Ward was a progressive urban reformer who, as mayor, oversaw the construction of libraries, playgrounds, parks, and community centers, and improved services to Birmingham's African American community. "Vestavia," the home Ward built on Shades Mountain overlooking Birmingham, was modeled on the Roman Temple of Vestal Virgins, and was surrounded by elaborate gardens.
HM NumberHMP80
Year Placed2007
Placed ByAlabama Historical Association
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 12:59pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 521309 N 3702490
Decimal Degrees33.46165000, -86.77068333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 27.699', W 86° 46.241'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 27' 41.94" N, 86° 46' 14.46" W
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Area Code(s)205
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2600-2640 Vestavia Dr, Vestavia Hills AL 35216, US
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