During the month of November, I will be blogging like crazy to bring you great tidbits on 30 neighborhoods in Birmingham. Check in daily to see if you learn anything new about where you live.
When Bush Hills was developed in the late 1920s, the realtors, Jemison & Company, described it as ideally situated. “It fronts the new, paved Eighth Avenue, the through thoroughfare between Birmingham and Ensley. It is halfway between the two…,” stated one of the developer’s sales flyer.
Bush Hills was billed as a streetcar suburb to Birmingham, a quieter place to live that was still accessible without having an automobile. The area was also attractive to those who worked at the mills in Ensley.
Bush Hills may have been considered a suburb, but the developers definitely didn’t want a “cookie cutter” neighhborhood. According to the Birmingham Historic Society, there are 22 distinct architectural styles in Bush Hills. Common styles:
- Classical Cottage
- Old English (Tudor)
Birmingham-Southern College is located on 192 acres in Bush Hills.