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This project has been funded in part by a grant from the Gwyn Turner Preservation Fund for Alabama of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

 

Save the Pink House & Secret Garden

Save a beloved piece of our history from the wrecking ball.

Help save the

Pink House & Secret Garden

The wrecking ball has plans that aren’t in Homewood’s best interest.

Since 1921 the Pink House and its treasured secret garden – located on the corner of Roseland Drive and Edgewood Boulevard – has been a mainstay of our community. If we don't save it, the property will be razed and leveled to make way for five large new homes, rendering the neighborhood unrecognizable. 

 

The longtime home of two of Birmingham’s most loved and accomplished artists – Georges and Eleanor Bridges – has been a pillar of community, arts, and hope to the people of Homewood, to the Birmingham arts scene, to the many refugees the Bridges welcomed into their home, and even to Ernest Hemingway, who was a frequent guest!

 

This much loved place with irreplaceable charm and limitless potential will soon be lost forever… unless we join together to take a stand against the wrecking ball.

 

When we save the Pink House & Secret Garden, we will take a stand against the short sighted destruction of our town’s charm and history. But even more importantly, we will open the gate to the Pink House and welcome people from all walks of life to cherish what Homewood is all about – a beloved place where everyone belongs.

“Five generations of children have walked past this house and secret garden on their way to school, and I have walked four different dogs past it for five decades. I want my children and my children’s children to be able to do the same.” – Elizabeth Graham

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Praise for the

The Pink House & Secret Garden

“The Pink House Garden is a wonderful example of early 20th Century American formal garden design with elegant outdoor rooms, terraced gardens, formal parterres, sculpture specifically designed for the space and colors from an impressionistic palette. In more than one way it is reminiscent to Dumbarton Oaks in Washington D.C. – one of the finest public gardens in the country. Both gardens were created in the 1920s by their owners to explore garden design, create something special and beautiful. They were venues for social and civic events to promote the arts, provide a sense of place and build community. That is something to remember and celebrate.”

Jane Reed Ross, RLA, ASLA
President of the Alabama Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

“The National Trust for Historic Preservation is very supportive of this worthwhile preservation initiative and we hope that this financial commitment will assist your organization in raising any additional funds needed for this effort."

David J. Brown 

EVP and Chief Preservation Officer

The National Trust for Historic Preservation

“Bring me another Good People IPA, Georges! This is a fine garden.”**

Ernest Hemingway
Frequent Guest of the Bridges Family

Accomplished Author

“Five generations of children have walked past this house and secret garden on their way to school, and I have walked four different dogs past it for five decades. I want my children and my children’s children to be able to do the same.”

– Elizabeth Graham

Crowdfunding Raised $38,065!

The original crowdfunding campaign was one piece of the overall fundraising effort. The Pink House team is also working with generous local benefactors, investors, and national organizations to raise the necessary capital. Through communication with the involved parties we are confident that a successful blended fundraising effort will enable the purchase and updates of the Pink House. In the unfortunate event that the house cannot be saved, donations will roll over to the Homewood Historical Preservation Fund – an organization dedicated to balancing preservation and growth in order to make Homewood the premiere neighborhood of the south. If you are donating over $1,000 and would like a refund if the Pink House cannot be saved, please donate by check to 904 Forrest Dr. S, Homewood, AL 35209 (made out to Homewood AL Preservation Society), specify "Refund if Necessary" on the check, and email info@savethehomewoodpinkhouse.com immediately for further instructions. The Homewood Historical Preservation Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

 

Learn more about the house's history here and here.