The City of Tuscaloosa has made great progress in the last decade in terms of beautification and structural enhancements.

This means some properties have been demolished while others have received face lifts. However, there is one property in Tuscaloosa that is now made harder to be altered: The Alabama Book Store!

According to the Associated Press, the Alabama Book Store is being added to the National Register of Historic Places.  The store has been open on the Strip since 1942 and joins the estimated 1,250 locations in the state which have been noted as being worth historic preservation.

The National Park Service says that almost every county in the United States has at least one place listed on the National Register.

To be included on the National Register, the location should be presented to the State Historic Preservation Office, Federal Preservation Office, or Tribal Preservation Office and must meet the National Register Criteria for Evaluation, which includes the following:

  • Property’s age
  • Significance
  • Integrity

Tuscaloosa County properties on the State Historic Preservation’s Register of Landmarks & Heritage include the following:

  • 2600 Block of Old Broad Street (University Boulevard)
  • Alabama Great Southern Railroad Station, 2105 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa
  • Audubon Place Historic District (28), University Blvd between 17th Ave and 15th Ave, Tuscaloosa
  • Bama Theater (City Hall), 600 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa (NRHP)
  • Big Creek Cemetery & Church Site, Coker vcn
  • Brown House, 903 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa
  • Bucksville Cemetery, Bucksville community, McCalla
  • Caplewood Drive, Caplewood Drive, Tuscaloosa (NRHP)
  • Christ Episcopal Church, 605 25th Avenue, Tuscaloosa
  • Clements House (Isaac Lee Home-Old Buckhouse Place-J. Wash Deason Home) 1802 20th Avenue, Northport
  • College Park Historic District, Tuscaloosa
  • Dearing Place Historic District, Tuscaloosa
  • Dorroh House (Jim Winn Place), Hwy 2, approx. 2 mi E of Romulus
  • Drish House, 2300 17th Street, Tuscaloosa
  • Eighth Street Historic District, Tuscaloosa (21 buildings)
  • Espy Bridge (North River Bridge), Tuscaloosa (DISMANTELED; CURRENT LOCATION UNKNOWN)
  • First Baptist Church, 1403 12th Street, Northport
  • Fitts, Alston, House, 1506 University Boulevard, Tuscaloosa
  • Greenwood Cemetery, 9th Street and 27th Avenue SW, Tuscaloosa
  • Hughes, Anthony, House/Hughes, James, Farm – House and Barn, 13995 Shelley Hughes Road, Buhl
  • Hunter Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church, 1105 Twenty-Second Avenue, Tuscaloosa
  • Jemison-Borghese House, 2303 13th Street, Tuscaloosa (NRHP)
  • Kennedy-Foster House, 1842 25th Avenue, Tuscaloosa
  • Kilgore House 24 Bryce Lawn/24 Margaret Drive, Tuscaloosa (DEMOLISHED c. 2013)
  • Martin-Gulliver House, #3 Forest Lake, Tuscaloosa (DESTROYED BY 4/27/11 TORNADO)
  • Maxwell-Peters House, 302 Main Street, Northport
  • Maxwell-Richardson-Hellums House, 2703 6th Street, Tuscaloosa
  • Murphy, Will, House (Murphy/Collins Hse), 2601 Paul Bryant Dr, Tusc (NRHP)
  • North River Hunt Club (4), N of Tuscaloosa (ALL BUILDINGS MOVED TO DIFFERENT LOCATIONS)
  • Oakwood Court Historic District, Tuscaloosa
  • Old Tuscaloosa County Jail (V.F.W. Club), 2803 6th Street, Tuscaloosa* (NRHP)
  • Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity House, University Blvd, Tuscaloosa
  • Pinehurst Historic District, 215-305 17th Ave, 1-28 Pinehurst Dr, Tuscaloosa* (NRHP)
  • Saint John The Baptist Catholic Church, 800 25th Avenue, Tuscaloosa
  • Searcy House (Old Library), 815 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa (NRHP)
  • Seventh Street District, 7th St between 14th & Queen City Aves, Tuscaloosa
  • Shirley Bridge, Spans Sipsey River, CR 21 (Upper Columbus Road), Echola (DESTROYED IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT, 1998)
  • Smelson House, Sanders Ferry Road, Tuscaloosa
  • Stillman College Campus Historic District, 3601 Stillman Boulevard, Tuscaloosa
  • Thirteenth Street Residential Historic District, Tuscaloosa
  • Tuscaloosa City Hall (Old Post Office), 2201 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa
  • Union Chapel United Methodist Church & Cemetery
  • University Circle, 20-42 University Circle, Tuscaloosa
  • Warren House, Rt 1, Samantha
  • Watson-Jones House (The "Salt House"), Watermelon Road, N of Northport
  • White-Sullivan Log Cabin, Star Route, Elrod
  • Winn-Rice House, 10 Oak Bluff Lane, Northport

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