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Historical Note

The Brownville-Summerville Commercial District in Phenix City, Alabama encompasses two historic areas. One is located near the site of the depot on Railroad Street and has 3 buildings left; the first gas station built in Phenix City, a coal and ice company, and a small grocery store. The second is located on Broad Street and includes the Masonic Lodge, built in 1922, and a few one-story brick commercial structures. The district runs north and south along Broad Street and Summerville Road and continues east and west on Railroad St, including side streets up to four blocks west of Summerville Road. The district encompasses intact streets of residential housing, 2 schools, 2 churches and 2 small commercial areas. The historic district is architecturally significant for its collection of mid-1880s to 1930s commercial and residential structures. This area was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983, designated as Russell County-#83003479.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of one folder of material listing homes and businesses in the historic area of Phenix City and their history. Photographs, maps and descriptions for 330 structures are included. This collection had previously been labeled MC 094 by the Columbus Public Library. This collection contains the complete documentation for the National Register of Historic Places.

1980s 1 folder (.1 l.f.)

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Brownville-Summerville Historic District Collection must be obtained from the Columbus State University Archives at Columbus State University. Use of the following credit line for publication or exhibit is required:

Brownville-Summerville Historic District Collection (SMC 98) Columbus State University Archives Columbus, Georgia


The Brownville-Summerville Historic District Collection was donated by the director of the Columbus Public Library in October of 2013 when Columbus Public Library donated its archival collection to the CSU Archives.

Folder List

Folder 1 - One photocopied file entitled "Brownville-Summerville Residential-Commercial Historic District" of Phenix City, Alabama

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