Save Bohemian-Sophisticate Pink House and Secret Garden from the Wrecking Ball
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(HOMEWOOD, Ala. June 22, 2018) - The Homewood, AL, Historic Preservation Society is pleased to announce the formation of an Alabama non-profit, seeking tax-exempt status and is accepting donations to save the Eleanor and Georges Bridges’ Pink House and Secret Garden.
Currently, the almost 100-year-old house is owned by Patrick O’Sullivan, a former resident of Homewood. He has publicly stated his intention to raze the house, stables and extensive garden and its old-growth trees and formal gardens to build five houses. He has made a gentleman’s agreement with us, giving us until July 13 to raise the funds to make a credible offer to purchase the property.
The Pink House (built in 1921) and Secret Garden on Edgewood Blvd. is significant and worthy of preservation. Eleanor and Georges Bridges, highly recognized professional artists and bohemian sophisticates, designed this original, pink Italianate stucco house and formal garden. It all served as a dramatic setting — and the inspiration — for their prodigious artistic productions, the art, ballet and theatre instruction they provided, their Sunday evening, often literary-themed discussions, as well as parties for the literary and Hollywood glitterati. What is more, they mixed with the high and the low with equal grace, helping children in need and opening their home for their care.
The society plans to save the property by buying it. It must be emphasized that this so-called “secret garden” had not been revealed to the public until this week when a board member took photographs of them and published them on Facebook. Further, the board plans to obtain the assistance of a garden historian to verify its importance to Homewood, Alabama and indeed the nation.
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