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'''2nd Avenue North''' (or '''Second Avenue North''', formerly just '''2nd Avenue''') is an [[east-west avenue|east-west street]] running through downtown [[Birmingham]]. The street is so named from [[Center Street]] in the west (where it becomes [[Tuscaloosa Avenue]]), continuously through downtown, to [[29th Street North]], after which it dead ends.
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'''2nd Avenue North''' (or '''Second Avenue North''', formerly just '''2nd Avenue''') is an [[east-west avenue|east-west street]] running through [[downtown Birmingham]]. The street is so named from [[Center Street]] in the west (where it becomes [[Tuscaloosa Avenue]]), continuously through downtown, to [[29th Street North]], after which it dead ends.
  
 
Sections of 2nd Avenue North reappear between [[32nd Street North|32nd]] and [[35th Street North|35th Street]]s, between [[47th Street North|47th]] and [[52nd Street North|52nd Street]]s, between [[53rd Street North|53rd]] and [[54th Street North|54th Street]]s, and again east of [[Trotwood Park]] between [[71st Street North|71st]] and [[78th Street North|78th Street]]s. A short stub of 2nd Avenue North runs toward [[East Lake Park]] from [[80th Street North|80th Street]] near [[I-59]], then resumes between [[85th Street North|85th]] and [[86th Street North|86th Street]]s near [[Roebuck]].
 
Sections of 2nd Avenue North reappear between [[32nd Street North|32nd]] and [[35th Street North|35th Street]]s, between [[47th Street North|47th]] and [[52nd Street North|52nd Street]]s, between [[53rd Street North|53rd]] and [[54th Street North|54th Street]]s, and again east of [[Trotwood Park]] between [[71st Street North|71st]] and [[78th Street North|78th Street]]s. A short stub of 2nd Avenue North runs toward [[East Lake Park]] from [[80th Street North|80th Street]] near [[I-59]], then resumes between [[85th Street North|85th]] and [[86th Street North|86th Street]]s near [[Roebuck]].
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The area north of 2nd Avenue between [[11th Street North|11th]] and [[14th Street North|14th Street]]s was once known as [[Baconsides]], and was particularly hard hit by the [[1873 cholera epidemic]]. 2nd Avenue North is the setting for the fictional "Olympia Gym" in the novel and film, ''[[Stay Hungry]]''.
 
The area north of 2nd Avenue between [[11th Street North|11th]] and [[14th Street North|14th Street]]s was once known as [[Baconsides]], and was particularly hard hit by the [[1873 cholera epidemic]]. 2nd Avenue North is the setting for the fictional "Olympia Gym" in the novel and film, ''[[Stay Hungry]]''.
  
The section of 2nd Avenue between [[20th Street North|20th]] and [[24th Street North|24th Street]] is part of the [[Downtown Birmingham Historic District]]. Until the mid-1980s, [[Red Mountain Expressway]] terminated at the 2nd Avenue North offramp.
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The section of 2nd Avenue between [[20th Street North|20th]] and [[24th Street North|24th Street]] is part of the [[Downtown Birmingham Historic District]]. Until the mid-1980s, [[Red Mountain Expressway]] terminated at the 2nd Avenue North offramp. During that decade rows of [[Gingko]] trees were installed along 2nd Avenue as part of the city's urban tree planting project, guided by [[Nimrod Long & Associates]]. In general, female trees were planted on the north side of the street and males on the south side.
  
 
[[MAX Transit Route 1]] and [[MAX Transit Route 3]] take 2nd Avenue westward to [[Elyton]].
 
[[MAX Transit Route 1]] and [[MAX Transit Route 3]] take 2nd Avenue westward to [[Elyton]].
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** 540: [[Birmingham Vending Company]]
 
** 540: [[Birmingham Vending Company]]
 
** 542: former location of [[Dispatch Printing & Stationery Co.]] (1964)
 
** 542: former location of [[Dispatch Printing & Stationery Co.]] (1964)
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** 544: former location of [[Cavu Club]] ([[Burdett Tarrant]] 1958)
 
** bridge over tributary to [[Valley Creek]]
 
** bridge over tributary to [[Valley Creek]]
 
** [[Atlantic Coast Line Railroad]] tracks
 
** [[Atlantic Coast Line Railroad]] tracks
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*** 2212A: former location of dry goods store (1891)
 
*** 2212A: former location of dry goods store (1891)
 
*** 2212B: former location of boots & shoes store (1891)
 
*** 2212B: former location of boots & shoes store (1891)
** 2214: [[Taylor Carriage Company Building]] (built c. 1905), [[Ballard Law Firm]], former location of [[Southern Pacific Tea Co.]] (1887), [[R. A. Green Furniture]] (1929), [[Lucas Paints]] (1984)
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** 2214: [[Taylor Carriage Company building]] (built c. 1905), former location of [[Southern Pacific Tea Co.]] (1887), [[R. A. Green Furniture]] (1929), [[Lucas Paints]] (1984), [[Ballard Law Firm]] (2004-2019)
 
** 2216: former location of [[Weatherly Furniture Co.]] (1929)
 
** 2216: former location of [[Weatherly Furniture Co.]] (1929)
 
** 2218: [[Le Fresca]] pizzeria (2019-), former location of [[Broadhead-Klinner Furniture]] (1929), [[E. L. Klinner Furniture Co.]] (1964), [[Hill's Commercial Interiors]]
 
** 2218: [[Le Fresca]] pizzeria (2019-), former location of [[Broadhead-Klinner Furniture]] (1929), [[E. L. Klinner Furniture Co.]] (1964), [[Hill's Commercial Interiors]]
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**** 2222B: former location of shoe shop (1891)
 
**** 2222B: former location of shoe shop (1891)
 
*** 2224: former location of [[Greenwald's Clothing]] (1929)
 
*** 2224: former location of [[Greenwald's Clothing]] (1929)
*** 2226: former location of fruit stand (1891), [[Goodyear Welt Shoe Repairing]] (1929)
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*** 2226: former location of fruit stand (1891), [[Goodyear Welt Shoe Repairing]] (1929), [[Margaret's Grill]] ([[Margaret Johns]] 1958)
 
*** 2230: former location of boots & shoes (1891), [[Stich Saloon]] (1904), [[Kentucky Distilling Company]] (1915), [[A. Gottlier Clothing]] (1929)
 
*** 2230: former location of boots & shoes (1891), [[Stich Saloon]] (1904), [[Kentucky Distilling Company]] (1915), [[A. Gottlier Clothing]] (1929)
 
* South side ([[Block 102]])
 
* South side ([[Block 102]])
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*** 2412: former location of [[Spero Comber]] restaurant (1910)
 
*** 2412: former location of [[Spero Comber]] restaurant (1910)
 
** 2422-2424: former location of [[Willie's Super Market]] (1931-1964), [[Willie's Dixie Foods]] (-1980s), [[Sav-Mor Foods]] (1985), [[Torme's Associated Foods]] (1980s-2010s)
 
** 2422-2424: former location of [[Willie's Super Market]] (1931-1964), [[Willie's Dixie Foods]] (-1980s), [[Sav-Mor Foods]] (1985), [[Torme's Associated Foods]] (1980s-2010s)
** 2428: former location of [[St John African Methodist Episcopal Church]] (1873-1875), [[E. D. Donnelly]] horse & mule dealer (1925), [[Old Stable Club]]
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** 2428: former location of [[St John African Methodist Episcopal Church]] (1873-1875), [[E. D. Donnelly]] horse & mule dealer (1925), [[Dubose's Kitchen]] / [[Old Stable]] bar / [[Thorn's Dance Studio]] ([[Hug Dubose]] / [[Ettie Thorn]] 1959)
 
* South side ([[Block 104]])
 
* South side ([[Block 104]])
 
** 2401: former location of marble works (1891), [[Herren & Freeman]] livery stable (1904), [[Rogers Trading Co.]] (1964)
 
** 2401: former location of marble works (1891), [[Herren & Freeman]] livery stable (1904), [[Rogers Trading Co.]] (1964)
** 2403: former location of [[J. F. Hodges]] furnitures (1923), [[The Snack Bar]] (1964)
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** 2403-2407: [[Ferguson Building]] (built c. 1911)
** 2405: former location of [[South-Land Candy Co.]] (1934), [[Butane-Propane Appliance Co.]] (1964)
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*** 2403: former location of [[J. F. Hodges]] furnitures (1923), [[The Snack Bar]] (1964)
** 2407: [[Ferguson Building]] (built c. 1911), former location of [[Grier Antiques]] (1984)
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*** 2405-2409: [[Space One Eleven]]
** 2409: [[Space One Eleven]], former location of [[R. M. Acton]] dry goods, shoes & groceries (1923), [[Ralph S. Hall Grocery]] warehouse (1964), [[Grier Antiques]] (1984)
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**** 2405: former location of [[South-Land Candy Co.]] (1934), [[Butane-Propane Appliance Co.]] (1964)
** 2411: [[Beta Pictoris Gallery]], former location of [[Grier Furniture Co.]] and [[Staggers Furniture Co.]] (1964)
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**** 2407-2409: former location of [[Grier Antiques]] (1984)
** 2413: former location of [[Ralph S. Hall]] grocer (1964)
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** 2409-2411: commercial building
** 2415: former location of [[Bem Davis Dry Goods]] (1964)
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*** 2409: former location of [[R. M. Acton]] dry goods, shoes & groceries (1923), [[Ralph S. Hall]] grocery warehouse (1964)
** 2417-2421: former location of [[J. T. Massey Mercantile]], [[Massey's Corral]] (1984)
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*** 2411: [[Beta Pictoris Gallery]], former location of [[Grier Furniture Co.]] and [[Staggers Furniture Co.]] (1964)
*** 2417: [[Hickman Cotton Warehouse]] (built c. 1895)
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** 2413-2415: [[Hickman Cotton Warehouse]] (built c. 1895), [[David Kassouf residence]] (2004-)
*** 2419: [[Massey Mercantile Building]] (built c. 1907)
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*** 2413: former location of [[Ralph S. Hall]] grocer (1964)
*** 2423: [[Vandergrift Building]] (built c. 1908), former location of [[J. W. Williams]] restaurant (1904)
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*** 2415: former location of [[Bem Davis Dry Goods]] (1964)
*** 2421-2423: former location of [[Vandegrift & Steele]] mercantile, [[Birmingham Dairy Supply Co.]] (1964), [[Frohsin & Barger]] attorneys (2008-)
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** 2417-2421: [[Massey Mercantile Building]] (built c. 1907), former location of [[J. T. Massey Mercantile]], [[Massey's Corral]] (1984)
**** 2421: former location of [[Miss M. Dodds]] dress maker (1887), [[Nick Germolgez]] Restaurant (1887)
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** 2421-2423: [[Vandergrift Building]] (built c. 1908), former location of [[Vandegrift & Steele]] mercantile, [[Birmingham Dairy Supply Co.]] (1964), [[Frohsin & Barger]] attorneys (2008-)
**** 2423: former location of [[J. T. Hall & Son]] feed & grocery (1925)
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*** 2421: former location of [[Miss M. Dodds]] dress maker (1887), [[Nick Germolgez]] Restaurant (1887)
*** 2425: former location of furniture store (1891), [[Robert Benson]] restaurant (1928)
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*** 2423: former location of [[J. W. Williams]] restaurant (1904), [[J. T. Hall & Son]] feed & grocery (1925)
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** 2425: former location of furniture store (1891), [[Robert Benson]] restaurant (1928)
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** 2429-2431: former relocation of [[AEC Recycling Center]] (1980-2016)
 
*** 2429: former location of milliner (1891)
 
*** 2429: former location of milliner (1891)
*** 2431: former location of grocery store (1891), [[Hilda's Cafe]] (1947), [[AEC Recycling Center]] (1980-2016)
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*** 2431: former location of grocery store (1891), [[Hilda's Cafe]] (1947)
  
 
====[[25th Street North]] intersection====
 
====[[25th Street North]] intersection====
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=== Unknown addresses ===
 
=== Unknown addresses ===
 
* [[R. H. Roberts' Hardware]], former location of [[Birmingham Art Association]]
 
* [[R. H. Roberts' Hardware]], former location of [[Birmingham Art Association]]
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==References==
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* Ervin, Mark (December 1, 2016) "[https://bigcom.com/2016/12/birmingham-2nd-avenue-ginkgo-trees/ Birmingham in Bloom: An Analysis of the 2nd Avenue Ginkgo Trees]" Big Communications
  
 
[[Category:2nd Avenue North|*]]
 
[[Category:2nd Avenue North|*]]

Latest revision as of 11:14, 14 November 2019

1900 block of 2nd Avenue North in 2006

2nd Avenue North (or Second Avenue North, formerly just 2nd Avenue) is an east-west street running through downtown Birmingham. The street is so named from Center Street in the west (where it becomes Tuscaloosa Avenue), continuously through downtown, to 29th Street North, after which it dead ends.

Sections of 2nd Avenue North reappear between 32nd and 35th Streets, between 47th and 52nd Streets, between 53rd and 54th Streets, and again east of Trotwood Park between 71st and 78th Streets. A short stub of 2nd Avenue North runs toward East Lake Park from 80th Street near I-59, then resumes between 85th and 86th Streets near Roebuck.

The area surrounding 2nd and 3rd Avenue North near the Alabama and Lyric Theatres is considered the heart of Birmingham's Theater District. The section between 22nd and 25th Streets is part of the City Center Loft District, utilized for the annual ArtWalk festival.

The area north of 2nd Avenue between 11th and 14th Streets was once known as Baconsides, and was particularly hard hit by the 1873 cholera epidemic. 2nd Avenue North is the setting for the fictional "Olympia Gym" in the novel and film, Stay Hungry.

The section of 2nd Avenue between 20th and 24th Street is part of the Downtown Birmingham Historic District. Until the mid-1980s, Red Mountain Expressway terminated at the 2nd Avenue North offramp. During that decade rows of Gingko trees were installed along 2nd Avenue as part of the city's urban tree planting project, guided by Nimrod Long & Associates. In general, female trees were planted on the north side of the street and males on the south side.

MAX Transit Route 1 and MAX Transit Route 3 take 2nd Avenue westward to Elyton.

Notable locations

For an alphabetical list of locations, see the 2nd Avenue North category.
Dates in parentheses indicate when the address was known to have been used, not necessarily the entire span of its use.

Smithfield neighborhood

Not all intersections are listed.
St John's Episcopal Church
Wilborn Service Station and Wilborn Construction Co. at 830 2nd Avenue North

Fountain Heights neighborhood

The Thomas Jefferson Hotel
1700 block of 2nd Avenue North with the Ritz Theater, c. 1950s
The Bell Building at 1814 2nd Avenue North in January 1912

Central City neighborhood

Hudgins' fountain in 1886

19th Street North intersection

Rosenberger's Birmingham Trunk Factory in 1939

20th Street North intersection

BPA Deck No. 6 on 2nd Avenue North

21st Street North intersection

The Zinszer Building at 2115-2119 2nd Avenue North

22nd Street North intersection

23rd Street North intersection

24th Street North intersection

25th Street North intersection

Carraway Boulevard (26th Street North) intersection

28th Street North intersects

29th Street North intersects (north only)

North Avondale

Woodlawn

Wahouma

Unknown addresses

References