A History of Monte D’ Oro – A Subdivision in the City of Hoover, Alabama
There are 160 homes in Monte D’ Oro. Streets in the subdivision are Wisteria Drive ( to what is now 1459 overpass), Monte D’ Oro Drive, Monte D’ Oro Circle, Monte D’ Oro Way, Monte D’ Este Drive, Monte D’ Este Way, Monte Verde Drive and Dundale Rd.
The first sector ofMonte D’ Oro (Monte D’ Oro Drive from Wisteria to Monte D’ Oro Circle) was surveyed and approved by the Jefferson Co. Zoning Board on July 23, 1964. The tenth or last sector (Dundale Rd.) was approved by the Zoning Board on April 21, 1971. The last homes in the subdivision were completed during 1972 (per Jefferson Co. plat books). The last home to be built was 3236 Dundale Rd where original owners still reside.
Much of the information for this history came from original owners the Logan’s, the Wilson’s, the Thompson’s, and the Foster’s. Thanks to the Hope family for information and encouragement.
The subdivision was built by developer William H. “Bill” Humphries. Mr. Humphries’ father, also a developer, had built Gentilly Forest subdivision off of Old Montgomery Highway in Vestavia Hills. Bill Humphries attended Auburn University School of Architecture. Bill Humphries also built Talheim (off Rocky Ridge Rd.) and then Chandalar in Pelham. He also developed a couple of mobile home parks. Jane and Hilton Logan were friends of the Humphries family and said he guaranteed the workmanship in his homes. Once he got a contract the homes went up fairly quickly as he had a team of faithful sub contractors, who, ifthey did quality work, were guaranteed jobs on a steady basis. Mr. Humphries looked for a properW that would not only be profitable but would be suitable to build the kind of home he wanted to build. He wanted the homes to be distinctive with no two alike.
Mr. Humphries hired Cordray “Corky” Parker to help design and decorate the homes in
Monte D’ Oro. Mr. Parker was also a well known artist having studied in Italy and Austria. His sculpture is on display at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Museum of Art, St. Mary’s on the Highlands, Children’s Hospital and UAB. Mr. Parker was also an architect who attended Auburn University.
Mountain of Gold
Monte D’ Oro is Italian for mountain of gold. It is speculated that the naming of the subdivision was influenced by Mr. Parker who spent much time in Italy and Mr. Humphries’ mother who traveled there. Street names include Monte Verde or geen mountain and Monte D’ Este or mountain of the east.