Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Historic Building for Sale


The former Riverfront Market Place on Water Avenue is up for sale. I happened by the place next to Lafayette Park just as the For Sale banner was hung.

This building once housed a unique antique mall, and long ago (late 19th Century), its second floor housed the New York Life Insurance office of General Joseph E. Johnston. Johnston was one of five Confederate generals who lived in Selma after the War Between the States, and he also served as president of the Alabama and Tennessee Railroad. When a reporter from the Cincinnati (Ohio) Commercial newspaper came to town to write a post-war report, he noted that Johnston was "a quiet, easygoing old merchant."

10 comments:

Jacob said...

Interesting. You should buy it and turn it into yuppie condos!

Halcyon said...

I hope someone does buy it! And most importantly that they take care of it.

Jim said...

Lets hope its bought and put to good use.

Chris said...

I hope someone buys it. We noticed a few historic buildings for lease/sale around here, too. Sigh. The economy has hit everyone.


I know I have been very quiet lately, and I apologize. There's an explanation on my blog post from yesterday and today if you want to check it out.

I also apologize for this cut-and-paste comment. I just want to let everyone know what's going on.

Abe Lincoln said...

I like the description of the general. The building must have been very nice in its day.

I try to have all my walk ways bordered in some way by grasses or flowers or bushes. The objective is to have the ground covered with something that is beneficial to wildlife.

bfarr said...

Interesting history lesson. You don't often think of civil war generals has having a 'retirement career'.

PJ said...

I wonder who built that building? Looks like a lot of history.

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Wow this is beautiful !! I agree with Jacob you should puechase it and turn it into a heritage property..Great..Also I Have Started My Own Website And Would Like You To Have A Look At It.I Would Love To Have Your Comments On That Also.Unseen Rajasthan

Lessie said...

I like the perspective of this shot.

D said...

Aw, quick, someone with money step up and save it!