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5 Facts About 5 Points

Monday, November 10, 2014

A couple weeks ago my mom and I took a walking tour of the 5 Points neighborhood in Huntsville. Here are some facts that I learned from the tour.

1. 5 Points was the first neighborhood in Huntsville outside of downtown. This area became popular with cotton mill workers at the turn of the century.

2. For the first time in Huntsville, it became feasible for residents to live outside of the downtown area because a streetcar starting running from downtown to 5 Points in 1901.

This was our tour guide, who was born and raised in Huntsville and grew up in 5 Points

3. 5 Points was created in 1892 by developers from North Dakota.

4. The most popular architecture style in 5 Points is bungalow. Bungalow's are characterized by sloping roof lines, typically feature a gable over the front door, overhanging eaves with brackets or exposed rafters, and have wide front porches.

5. Zoning laws didn't exist when 5 Points was created, and it was pretty common for home owners to run a grocery store out of their home. You can still see the original storefront on this house.

Several home owners had Little Free Library stands in their yards

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