Greenbriar Unveils Historical Marker

Monday, April 8th, 2013 @ 4:23PM

On Friday, March 22, Geenbriar at the Altamont hosted a reception in celebration of the Altamont Apartments Historical Marker unveiling and dedication.  Speaker, Cathy Adams of the Jefferson County Historical Commission gave a brief overview the history of the area, including the development of the luxury Altamont Apartments, which now is home to Greenbriar at the Altamont senior living community.  The marker which is located on Highland Avenue, in front of Greenbriar, reads:

Built during the Roaring Twenties, the Altamont Apartments broke ground in 1924 and was completed in 1925.  Designed by architect, Jacob E. Salie, as an apartment/hotel, it was built to attract affluent classes of businessmen who desired luxury, comfort, privacy, and a wholesome environment for their families; as well as accessibility to the city’s commercial district.  Planned as a community for its residents to experience the pleasures of luxury apartment living, many amenities and on-site services were available including full plumbing and telephone service, rare features in 1920s apartments; a ballroom which operated until 1930; and a full service restaurant.

“Located in a building that is a significant part of the development of Highland Park, Greenbriar is rich in history and celebrating our heritage is very important to us,” according to Executive Director, Jennifer Shunnara. “We have built on that history and strive to offer our senior residents services and amenities in keeping with the spirit of those offered by the Altamont Apartments.”

Following the dedication, residents and guests, which included Highland Park Neighborhood Association President, Alison Glascock, enjoyed refreshments and live music in Greenbriar’s Altamont Cafe. This event also continued the celebration of the equally rich history of Greenbriar’s owner, Noland Health Services, which is celebrating its 100th Anniversary.

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