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Hays Hood House

Florida Trust House

In 2005 the Florida Trust rescued a 1910 Queen Anne home in Tallahassee, the Hays-Hood House, now called the Florida Trust House and headquarters of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.

Built in 1910 by Jesse and Sarah Hays, this Queen Anne style house was one of the first homes in the Magnolia Heights area of Tallahassee. Mr. Hays had chosen the design of the home from a pattern book from a house built in Chicago, but adapted the design to better suit the south and oversaw the construction...Read More →

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This month I participated in the National Trust for Historic Preservation Leadership Training: Preserving History, Building Community. The training focused on place-based redevelopment and partnered with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the National Parks Service. I attended thanks to a scholarship provided by the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Preservation professionals from around the country worked alongside stakeholders to strategize potential real estate and community development options for the A.G. Gaston Office Building, a vitally important piece of the Civil Rights District’s historic fabric.

News article Melissa Wyllie
The A.G. Gaston Office Building is directly across the street from the A.G. Gaston Motel and Kelly Ingram Park and one block down from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. It was built in 1959 and served as the headquarters for A. G. Gaston, the most prominent and financially successful mid-century African American entrepreneur and businessman in Alabama.

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