Twickenham National Register Resurvey and Nomination
Thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Historic Huntsville Foundation to the City of Huntsville, the Twickenham Historic District now has a National Register nomination that fully documents and captures the architectural and historical significance of the district.
Twickenham was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, but the documentation required by the National Park Service in the early years of the program is minimal compared to today.
The original 1973 district nomination totals 19 pages, lists 324 contributing resources and 148 noncontributing resources. No historical or architectural descriptions are included in the nomination, and no outbuildings are listed.
The 2015 district nomination totals 198 pages, lists 361 properties with 527 individual resources, as outbuildings are now included. Roughly 69 percent of the district is contributing, which is “indicative of the district’s integrity and architectural design.”
Robbie Smith of New South Associates, a Georgia-based preservation consulting firm, authored the Twickenham nomination. The project was a three-year process that Robbie calls a “highlight of his career.”