SouthTrust Bank was a large regional bank headquartered in the SouthTrust Tower at 420 20th Street North in downtown Birmingham. It was purchased in 2004 by Charlotte, North Carolina-based Wachovia and again sold to Wells Fargo Bank.
SouthTrust was founded in 1887 as Birmingham Trust and Savings Company, it grew to a bank spanning 9 states from Virginia to Texas.
The name was changed to Birmingham Trust National Bank (BTNB) in 1946. It opened its first "neighborhood branches" in East Lake, Mountain Brook, and Five Points West in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
BTNB was the first financial institution in the nation to introduce what was termed at the time an "automated central information system" in 1971.
After regional acquisions, the holding company SouthTrust Corporation was formed in 1981.
- SouthTrust Bank website - accessed October 6, 2006