Winter Place




Winter Place is a historic complex of two conjoined houses and three outbuildings located in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1855 Colonel Joseph Samuel Winter and his wife Mary Elizabeth built an Italianate Manor style home. Samuel Sloan a Philadelphia architect who designed the Winter’s first home, is believed to be its designer.



In 1870 the Winter’s built a Second Empire style house for their daughter, Sally Gindrat Winter and her husband, Robert D. Thorington.




Once, one of Montgomery’s grandest homes, Winter Place is now long removed from its glory days.



In 2004 it was placed on the Alabama Historical Commission’s List of Places in Peril after enduring several decades of neglect.



Then in 2006 Craig Drescher purchased the property, and attempted to stabilize the structures, before beginning the renovating process. In 2005 the property was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage and to the National Register of Historic Places in 2006.




The complex also housed the first offices of the Confederate Army, and is said to be the site where F. Scott Fitzgerald was first introduced to Zelda Sayre the daughter of an Alabama Supreme Court justice.



The Winter Place property is currently on the market.



  1. Edith Levy July 23, 2014 at 9:39 pm #

    What a beautiful place.Wonderful images Phillip.

    • Phillip July 24, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

      Thank you Edith. I’m glad that were were invited to visit. It has an interesting history.

  2. Caitlin Kimball July 24, 2014 at 7:53 pm #

    Gorgeous photos. Really captures all the charm.
    Ever since I stumbled upon these homes a couple years ago I have been captured by their astounding charm. I often drive by them on some lazy afternoons as older homes are one of my biggest passions. I have even ventured onto the property just admiring from afar, not getting too close. I would kill to be able to take a tour of the property inside (where able) and out. There’s just something about the Winter Place homes that makes me feel so calmed by their beauty. I wish I had the money and resources to fix this place up to its former glory. Has always been a dream of mine to undertake a historic home/fixer-upper, and this place could sure tell some stories. I bet it was something to envy in its day. Hell, even today in all its “peril” it’s still to be envied. Just a beautiful, outstanding property.

    • Phillip July 24, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

      Thank you for your wonderful comment Caitlin. I certainly agree these houses are very special places. Unfortunately, our opportunity to see inside didn’t pan out. That would have been a special treat. However, we were tickled to just be able to walk around the house.

  3. Andrew August 18, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    What a fascinating place. The beautiful tones and textures give these images a wonderful look.

    • Phillip August 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm #

      Thanks, we are appreciative to the owner for inviting us!

  4. Otto von Münchow September 16, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    What a stately manor this must have been. And still being rundown there is something delicately beautiful about the Winter Place. You have captured this tender beauty wonderfully in your photos, Phillip.

    • Phillip September 18, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

      Thank you Otto. It something about these places. I would love the opportunity to go to another place.

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