Homewood Developer Stopped in His Tracks by Massive Community Efforts

Last summer, Homewood citizens, and indeed people across the Southeast, came together to stop the demolition and dense development of the Pink House and Secret Garden — the Georges and Eleanor Bridges' estate on Edgewood Boulevard. Few people knew of the importance of the gardens, the Bridges themselves, and the prodigious creative activity that took place there and spread throughout the city, the state, and the region because of their efforts prior to the publication of my photographs.

When I was invited in to see, as a published historian and Master Gardener, I knew what I was seeing needed documentation, and so I did with permission. These photographs were used as documentation to secure National Historic Register eligibility — a stamp of historical approval — and appeared in a major news outlet, resulting in more community support to save the historic house and gardens. Subsequently, I penned a petition, a press release, created a website, wrote numerous call to action blogs, and ran a successful social media campaign.

The estate was set to be razed in January 2019. As of late April 3019, no lots have been sold and the second owners are still living at the Pink House and caring for gardens. Game. Match. Set.

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