#ThisPlaceMatters

Anniston is home to four distinct historic districts, a National Monument and numerous historic structures and sites. Preservation of these places is essential when communicating their stories to future generations.

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Coleman Brightwell stands before Parker House in 2018 as sister Elenor does a cartwheel on the lawn. Sister Abigail and mom Megan are in the background.
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Parker House circa 1888.
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David and Cathy Mashburn renovated and opened their restaurant Classic on Noble at 1024 Noble Street in Anniston’s Downtown Historic District in 1999. The building was built in 1888 and over the century, was home to movie theaters and clothing stores. In 1939, it became Woolworth, Co., a five-and-dime store.
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Woolsworth circa 1940.

May is National Historic Preservation Month. Do you have a favorite historic place in Anniston? Share it with us! Snap a photo and post on social media with the hashtag #ThisPlaceMatters and tag us @thecityofanniston on facebook and @helloanniston on Instagram.

Following are our historic districts listed on the National Historic Register:

  • Downtown Historic District
  • West 15 Street Historic District
  • Tyler Hill Historic District
  • Buckner Circle, McClellan Historic District

The districts are under the auspices of the Anniston Historic Preservation Commission. The Anniston Historic Preservation Commission’s ordinance and bylaws mandate the preservation and protection of buildings, sites, structures, areas, and districts of historic significance and interest. Descriptions and design guidelines for these districts can be accessed here. 


This Place Matters is a national campaign that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities. As you spread the word about Preservation Month, make sure to use the #ThisPlaceMatters hashtag. Also check out the National Trust on Facebook for more cool tools to help you show your love.

This Place Matters hopes to encourage and inspire an ongoing dialogue about the importance of place and preservation in all of our lives that lasts far beyond the month of May. Stay tuned to @SavingPlaces on Instagram and Twitter as we spotlight our favorites!

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About the Anniston Historic Preservation Commission

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Styles in architecture like styles in fashion are fickle. One day, we’re all about minimalism; the next, we’re covering that sparseness with wood cladding and embracing our inner ostentatiousness. This is just the type of capriciousness from which the Anniston Historic Preservation Commission was created to protect us.

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