Sibyl Temple is an iconic landmark situated on a bluff near the intersection of US 31 and Shades Crest Road and has been with Vestavia Hills through the city’s early history. The Temple now serves as a gateway to the northern entrance of the City.
George Ward, former mayor of Birmingham, designed Sibyl Temple as a replica of the Temple of Sibyl in Tivoli, Italy, near Rome. It was the garden gazebo of his Vestavia estate for which the City is named. In his garden it was the entrance to a bird sanctuary and it was the scene of many colorful parties. Vestavia Hills Baptist Church purchased the property in 1958 and had the house demolished in 1971, but spared the Temple, donating it to the Vestavia Hills Garden Club.
In 1976, the Vestavia Hills Garden Club had Harbert Construction Corporation relocate Sibyl Temple from the former estate to the northern limit of Vestavia Hills at the crest of Shades Mountain. Placement of the Temple upon this highly visible precipice on U.S. Highway 31 established it as the symbol of the City. The Garden Club has maintained the Temple as a special project since then. The Temple appears in the official seal of Vestavia Hills.
In 1985, the Temple was added to the Alabama Register of Landmarks, and the sign bearing the State seal was installed to the site in 2008. In 2015, the City was awarded a grant from the Alabama Historical Association to assist with the restoration of the Temple. View the Sibyl Temple Image Gallery.
Hours and Event Information
Sibyl Temple is one of Vestavia Hills’ top tourist attractions, and it is a sought-after location for weddings, photography, small gatherings and picnics, and is open to the public from 7 a.m. to sunset, except when reserved. Sibyl Temple has on-site parking, restrooms and picnic tables. For more information or to reserve Sibyl Temple, call 205.978.0100 or click here for Wedding and Event Guidelines.
Brick Campaign and Restoration
Seize the opportunity to honor a loved one or memorialize your love for Vestavia Hills by purchasing a brick for the Sibyl Temple grounds. Funds will go toward the restoration and maintenance of this iconic landmark of the City. For more information, download the Sibyl Temple Brick Campaign Brochure or email Sibylbricks@gmail.com.