City of Huntsville celebrates historic preservation month

Published: May. 9, 2016 at 1:54 PM CDT|Updated: May. 10, 2016 at 11:31 AM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - May is now Preservation Month and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle is celebrating it with 'This Place Matters.'

'This Place Matters.' kicked off on Tuesday, beginning with Mayor Battle speaking about Huntsville historical assets, recognizing the preservation progress and addressing new projects that are underway.

The 'This Place Matters.' social media campaign encourages residents to post photos of historic places they love.

"Places do Matter," said Mayor Battle. "In a time where people are hungry for authenticity, quality, and craftsmanship, we are seeing greater interest in restoring and repurposing places in our community."

Mayor Battle mention several places like, Belk-Hudson lofts downtown, Lowe Mill and Lincoln Mill, Campus No. 805, and Providence Classical School, that were prime examples of restoring and preserving Huntsville's historical locations.

Jessica White-Blattler, the city's historic preservation consultant to the Huntsville Historic Preservation Commission, and Donna Castellano with Historic Huntsville Foundation joined the mayor for the event.

"None of these projects would be possible without the support of local organizations like the Historic Huntsville Foundation and the Normal Historic District Preservation Association, community members, and of course Mayor Tommy Battle," said Blatter.

The city kicked off a community-wide social media campaign for residence to express what they love about Huntsville's places.

Everyone is welcome to use #ThisPlaceMattersHsv and #ThisPlaceMatters to show what places in Huntsville matters most them.

'This Place Matters.' is a part of a national campaign to help cities recognize their historical assets.

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