A Walking Tour of Five Points South
Tour of Five Points South
2020 11th Avenue South , 1926, Gallup
@Joy. This nine storey apartment building joined the earlier Dulion as a
stylish accomodation to a housing shortage and a booming economy. Designed
in a French Renaissance Revival style, the red brick building has a scored
stucco facing on its lower and top storeys and terra cotta medallions above
the arched entries. The architect is S. Scott Joy, designer of many
Birmingham houses noted for their Prairies Style characteristics: by 1926 he
had moved his practice to Chicago.
, 2030 11th Avenue South, 1920 Brooke
B.Burnham. With one storey fewer than the later Lasalle, the rising
grade of 11th Avenue South makes the two buildings appear to be the same
height and they also have a continuous street cornice line. The Dulion
is more Classically influenced in decorative detail a limestone carnice
, sills and lower level facing.This was the first of the "skyscraper"
commercial apartments in the area that were built during the
1920s; both it and the later lasalle have inviting storefronts along the
11th Avenue sidewalk.
First Church of Christ,
Scientist, 2031 11th Avenue
South, 1911, Joseph C Turner. A solitary neighborhood example( and rare
in the city) of Jeffersonian Classical Revival architecture, this was
the home of of the first Christian Science congregation in Alabama,
founded in 1899. Stuccoed with an Ionic portico, the building has in
recent decades been remodeled inside for architects and design firms.
Shepherd-Sloss building, 20th Street South and Highland
Avenue, 1928, Charles H. McCauley. Off the circle but visually very
present in Five Points , this building is one of Birmingham's two best
examples of Italian Revival architecture( the other is the Florentine
building downtown) this one called 'venetian" and featuring a smooth
cream colored terra cotta face with deep transformed store fronts under
a clay tile roof , a blind arcade at the parapet and pier finials.
Elaborate on the exterior, the building originally housed traditional
commercial businesses such as a drug store, a meat market and beauty
parlor, and also an exclusive dress shop named Patricia's. A large
Buffalo Rock sign; these were taken down in 2004 during repair of the
roof and have not re appeared, much to the sorrow of the local
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