The Pink House documentary premieres tonight at Homewood City Hall at 7PM

Homewood Pink House
The Pink House and its secret garden on Sunday, November 18th, 2018. Photo via Homewood AL Historical Preservation Society on Facebook

In September of 2019, locals rejoiced when Homewood’s historic Pink House was saved from a redeveloper’s wrecking ball. Now, a local filmmaker has created a short documentary about the residence. The Pink House documentary premieres tonight, January 30 at 7PM in Homewood City Hall. Learn more.

Homewood Pink House

Homewood Pink House
Homewood Pink House. Photo via Homewood Al Historical Preservation Society on Facebook

Local artists Eleanor and Georges Bridges constructed this iconic residence in 1921. During their time in the Pink House, Eleanor and Georges hosted famous guests such as  Ernest HemingwayZelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, and even the Grand Duchess Marie Pavlovna of Russia.

After Eleanor’s death in 1987, the house passed to Eric and Diana Hansen, artists who ran White Flowers Gallery. However, the Hansens sold the house in 2004 due to a medical emergency. Since new owner was a developer, he toyed with the idea of bulldozing the historic home and constructing five new homes in its place.

Although the Homewood Historical Preservation Society raced to save the historic home, they could not raise enough money. All seemed lost. Then, a local family with deep Homewood roots purchased and began to restore the home. Finally, the Pink House was saved.

The Documentary

Gate to the Pink House’s secret garden. Photo via Homewood Al Historical Preservation Society on Facebook

During the race to save the Pink House, the Homewood Historical Preservation Society partnered with the UAB History Department to produce a short documentary about the property.

During the filming process, the students discovered pieces of history that they hadn’t known before. For example, Georges Bridges would bury his sculptures in the yard if he didn’t like how they turned out, and these sculptures were dug up by later residents.

The documentary delves into the history of the Pink House and the effort to save it. In addition, filmmakers interviewed several members of the community, including previous Pink House owner Diana Hansen.

About the Filmmaker

Kenzie Greer–filmmaker, cinematographer, photographer, and digital storyteller. Photo via Harrison Tarabella on Kenzie Greer’s website

The cinematographer behind The Pink House is Kenzie Greer, a local filmmaker who graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a degree in Digital Storytelling and Anthropology.

See The Pink House on the Big Screen

  • Date: Thursday, January 30
  • Time: 7:00PM
  • Location: Rosewood Hall on the first floor of Homewood City Hall, 2850 19th St S, Homewood, AL 35209

The Pink House hits the big screen tonight at 7PM. Enjoy free admission and free refreshments while celebrating one of Homewood’s historic treasures.

To learn more about the Homewood Pink House, visit the website, follow them on Instagram, and attend the documentary tonight in Homewood City Hall.

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Nathan Watson
Tennessee native who fell in love with Birmingham during college. Graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2019. Passionate about Birmingham and its continued growth.
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