Huntsville neighborhood getting national historic marker

By Scott Turner

McThornmor Acres was home to engineers and scientists who worked on NASA’s Apollo project that sent man to the moon. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.City of Huntsville

A Huntsville neighborhood’s National Register of Historic Places marker will be unveiled on Sunday.

Mayor Tommy Battle will be on hand for the unveiling of the marker honoring McThornmor Acres, which was added to the register last year. District 4 Council Member Bill Kling, Huntsville Preservation Planner Katie Stamps and other stakeholders will also be present for the 2 p.m. event at 803 Woodall Lane.

Located near the campus of the University of Alabama in Huntsville, McThornmor Acres is a symbol of Huntsville’s post-World War II growth brought on by an expanding Redstone Arsenal and a budding aerospace industry. The homes represent architecture of the mid-1950s, including post-war and split-level ranches and mid-century contemporary structures.

The neighborhood was home to some of the engineers and scientists who played a role in NASA’s race to the moon.

“This is not just another neighborhood,” Kling told the Lede in an earlier interview. Kling played a key role in helping the neighborhood get named to the register. “It’s adjacent to UAH, and it’s got a heck of a history. These are the people who literally put the first man on the moon.”