Friends, family, and fans of preserving central Alabama’s history, culture, and architecture joined Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery to honor Nimrod T. “Rod” Frazer and The Beasley Allen Law Firm for their preservation efforts. A local organization founded 50 years ago, Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery strives to preserve Montgomery’s history for generations to come. This annual event recognizes those community leaders who share and support the values of keeping history alive as Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery does with Old Alabama Town and its various educational programs.
The Ballroom at Alley Station, an historic preservation success story itself, was the perfect setting to showcase the achievements of the honorees. Executive Director Michael W. Panhorst served as master of ceremonies with Elizabeth Lawlor, Landmarks board president. Both awards, proudly on display, were handcrafted by Old Alabama Town’s Steve Combs who used recycled wood from Landmarks’ Rescued Relics to create these one-of-a-kind awards.
Rod Frazer received the Mary Ann Neeley Award and Greg Allen accepted the James L. Loeb Award. Both brought along family members and colleagues to help celebrate. Carole King, Old Alabama Town curator, presented a slide show highlighting Landmarks and Old Alabama Town history as well as the achievements of both Rod Frazer and The Beasley Allen Law Firm. Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery celebrates 50 years of advocacy of historic preservation in the community.
Rod Frazer and his wife Lee were joined by other family members Judy and Nim Frazer, Lisa Frazer, Hunter Frazer, Mary and Henry Frazer, Tom Frazer and Nimrod Frazer III. Judy Frazer shared a signature and note in the Mary Ann Neeley Memory Book, a large book that was to be given to and shared by the Neeley family.
James Fuller was the 2017 Mary Ann Neeley Award honoree and continues his advocacy through the Montgomery Historical Society.
Lanny Crane and his wife Julie mingled with the honorees as Lanny Crane was the recipient of the 2017 James L. Loeb Award. Bruce and Amy Crawford, Stephen Brickley, Fletcher Hyde, and Judge Jimmy and Carol Pool nibbled on a beautiful display of seasonal fruits created by Jennie Weller Catering. Fairlie Rhinehart spoke with Hunter Frazer about current projects.
Forrest Neeley was joined by his nephew Graham Neeley in honoring the legacy of Mary Ann Neeley who had recently passed away. It was a poignant moment as Graham Neeley presented the Mary Ann Neeley Award honoring his late grandmother. Board member Don Brown was joined by his wife Maureen, David Allred, another board member, and Sandra Nickel, past president of Landmarks Board of Directors, all gathered to make the evening a special one.
Rod Frazer, a founding Landmarks director, and his wife Lee, restored their 1854 Lowndesboro cottage and was a principal in restoring the Union Station Freight House. The restoration now serves as executive offices of The Frazer Lanier Company. His preservation efforts continued as chairman of the Montgomery Water Board when it purchased the antebellum Murphy House on Madison Avenue.
Joan Loeb presented the James L. Loeb Award, honoring her late husband, to Greg Allen of The Beasley Allen Law Firm. Also there from the firm were Warner Hornsby, Wendi Lewis, and Sonny Willis. The Beasley Allen Law Firm has played a major role in revitalizing downtown Montgomery. The firm spearheaded the entertainment venue development beginning with The Alley Station, which opened in 2009.
Sarah Spratling, Landmarks board member, created a delightful atmosphere with yellow, orange and purple blooms on white linens spread throughout The Ballroom. A large arrangement that included Bells of Ireland, coffee berries, and roses were beautiful atop a glass pedestal amidst pistachio trifles and glazed brie with ginger snaps. Guests enjoyed Sarah Spratling’s signature toasted pecans, and Jennie Weller’s beef tenderloin sliders along with tomato and Asiago tarts, hot crab dip with crostini, and mini French silk pies.
Mayor Todd and Linda Strange, Richard Hodges, Charlie Colvin, Dee and Bill Coleman, Ashley Ledbetter and Melissa Peak enjoyed the food and company as everyone shared memories of the preservation achievements of the honorees.
Robert and Florence Young were greeted at the door by Landmarks’ Holly Beverly and Maggi Odell and welcomed Sarah Ann Ross, Landmarks board member, who brought along David Ross. Mamie Sellers was accompanied by Tom and Karen Sellers while Judy Heinzman, Willard Henson and Jim Inscoe mingled with Brandy Price, Paula Reynolds and Chris Neuenschwander and his guest.
Wes Blake, who serves as Landmarks’ treasurer on its board of directors, and his wife Margaret surveyed the slideshow displayed along with Joanne and Hank Staley.
With preservation the focus, Landmarks Foundation of Montgomery will continue to recognize local achievements and offer educational services and programs to help those along the way.