Woodlawn City Hall
Woodlawn's first city hall and jail was constructed in 1895. This much larger building, designed by Robert Posey, was constructed in 1908 for the still independent city. It was rendered obsolete less than two years later by the Greater Birmingham annexation that took effect on January 1, 1910.
The tan brick building is trimmed with moulded terra-cotta details and features a deep overhanging cornice and a classical pediment around the front entry. Originally the building contained not only a Woodlawn City Council chamber and offices for the Mayor of Woodlawn, but also space for the fire and police departments, municipal court and city jail. A lending library of 890 volumes, established by the Women's Club of Woodlawn in 1904 and housed in the City Hall building, became the first branch of the Birmingham Public Library when the building was turned over to the city of Birmingham.
In the 1930s the building housed Morgan Bros shop and the Ben Franklin Store in its two main ground floor retail spaces. The city sold the building in 1940, but continued to lease space for the library until a new branch was constructed in 1950. Other tenants included the Woodlawn Frame Shop, the Post House Cafe and Kent's Photo.
In the 1960s the former city court chambers upstairs were used as a meeting hall by the notorious Eastview 13 Klavern of the Alabama Knights, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, Inc. Members of that group, meeting in secret as the Cahaba River Group, planned the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church.
Currently the building houses the Eastside Funeral Home.
- Bell, Elma (February 21, 1988) "Old City Hall in Woodlawn gets new lease on life" Birmingham News via Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections
- McWhorter, Diane (2001) Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, The Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution. New York, New York: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0743226488