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
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 Hemingway, Zelda 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.
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
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.