Hood-McPherson building

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Hood-McPherson building in March 2005.
This article is about the building on 4th Avenue North in Birmingham. For the building on Avenue F Ensley see Hood-McPherson building (Ensley). For other uses, see Hood-McPherson Furniture.

The Hood-McPherson building is the former Hood-McPherson Furniture showroom located at 2013-15 4th Avenue North in downtown Birmingham.

The six-story, 44,000 square-foot building was designed by Harry Wheelock and built by the Carroll Blake Construction Co. in 1914. The structure is steel and reinforced concrete. The cream-colored terra cotta facade is divided into two triple-window bays with moulded spandrels and a deep cornice. A vertical neon sign is attached to the pier between the bays.

The ground floor was modernized with marble panels and bronze letters as part of a 1964 remodeling. The $250,000 project also provided air conditioning and wall-to-wall interior carpeting.

The building was connected to Hood-McPherson's former location at 2016 3rd Avenue North by a covered walkway spanning the alley. It was demolished in 2011 following the sale of the buildings.

The long-vacant building was auctioned on February 3, 2011. Artist Murray Hiam purchased the main building for $125,000 and neighbor Standard Furniture bought the 3rd Avenue annex for $56,000.

The building was subsequently purchased by Auburn University, which developed plans to renovate it for use by the College of Architecture, Design and Construction;s Urban Studio, as well as for the Harbert College of Business. Williams Blackstock Architects designed the renovations.


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