2022 Mining History Association

 

Company Towns Tour
Tour Leader, Pam King

Birmingham, Alabama
June 25, 2022

 

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Birmingham has a vast array of historic buildings which not only portray the architectural variety of the business district but also reflect the hierarchical class structure and segregation of the races in the housing neighborhoods.  The Company Towns Tour started with a drive through Downtown Birmingham which has a large number of historic structures.  It next proceeded to the upper class residential area on the slopes of Red Mountain where many of the early captains of industry resided in impressive mansions (ostensibly above the pollution level from the iron furnaces and other industrial plants). The tour concluded with drives through some of the remaining working class housing areas.

 

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(Above) Tour Leader, Pam King, explains the architectural features of several historical buildings in Downtown Birmingham.

 

(Right) For the MHAers on the tour downtown, things were always looking up!

 





The Empire Building (1909), now the Elyton Hotel.

 

The American Trust and Savings Building (1912), now the John Hand Building.


29th Street and 1st Avenue North


Another view of The John Hand Building.  No photo was taken of the Brown Marx Building (1906) which was under rehabilitation.

The Woodward Building (1902), now a bank.




MANAGEMENT AND EXECUTIVE HOUSING
ON THE SLOPE OF RED MOUNTAIN







WORKING CLASS HOUSING LOCATED
CLOSER TO THE MINES AND FURNACES

Photos courtesy of Erik Nordberg and Pat Kaas


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