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* [[I-65]] passes over
 
* [[I-65]] passes over
  
====[[11th Street North]] intersects====
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====[[11th Street North]]====
 
* north side:
 
* north side:
 
** 1116: [[Specon Systems]], former location of [[Empire Seafood Co.]] & [[Niki's Restaurant|Niki's Cafe No. 1]] (1964)
 
** 1116: [[Specon Systems]], former location of [[Empire Seafood Co.]] & [[Niki's Restaurant|Niki's Cafe No. 1]] (1964)
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** 1121: [[Pack Health]] / [[Omega Realty Group]] (2018-), former location of [[Entrepreneurial Center]] (-2007), [[Gallet & Associates]] (2007-2009), [[Terracon]] (2009-2017)
 
** 1121: [[Pack Health]] / [[Omega Realty Group]] (2018-), former location of [[Entrepreneurial Center]] (-2007), [[Gallet & Associates]] (2007-2009), [[Terracon]] (2009-2017)
  
====[[12th Street North]] intersects====
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====[[12th Street North]]====
 
* former location of [[Mutual Oil Company]] filling station (1941)
 
* former location of [[Mutual Oil Company]] filling station (1941)
 
* 1200: [[Phenix Supply Co.]], former location of [[W. P. Ballard & Co.]] laundry suppliers (1964)
 
* 1200: [[Phenix Supply Co.]], former location of [[W. P. Ballard & Co.]] laundry suppliers (1964)
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* former [[St Louis & San Francisco Railroad]] tracks
 
* former [[St Louis & San Francisco Railroad]] tracks
  
====[[13th Street North]] intersects====
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====[[13th Street North]]====
 
* north side ([[Block 92]]):
 
* north side ([[Block 92]]):
 
** 1300-1314: former location of [[Birmingham Gas Company]]/[[Birmingham Railway, Light & Power Company]] gas plant (1879-1930s)
 
** 1300-1314: former location of [[Birmingham Gas Company]]/[[Birmingham Railway, Light & Power Company]] gas plant (1879-1930s)
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*** 1329-1331: former location of saloon & billiards (1891)
 
*** 1329-1331: former location of saloon & billiards (1891)
  
====[[14th Street North]] intersects====
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====[[14th Street North]]====
 
* north side ([[Block 91]]):
 
* north side ([[Block 91]]):
 
** 1400: former location of grocery / fruits (1891), [[W. P. Wyatt]] saloon (1904), [[W. M. Walthall]] auto repair (1922), [[Busy Bee Grill]], [[A & H Auto Parts]] (1964)
 
** 1400: former location of grocery / fruits (1891), [[W. P. Wyatt]] saloon (1904), [[W. M. Walthall]] auto repair (1922), [[Busy Bee Grill]], [[A & H Auto Parts]] (1964)
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*** 1415-1431: former location of [[Williamson Iron Co.]] (1891)
 
*** 1415-1431: former location of [[Williamson Iron Co.]] (1891)
  
====[[15th Street North]] intersects====
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====[[15th Street North]]====
 
* north side ([[Block 90]]):
 
* north side ([[Block 90]]):
 
** 1500: former location of dwelling (1891), [[French Dry Cleaning]] plant (1922), [[Louzis Restaurant]] (August 1946-1964)
 
** 1500: former location of dwelling (1891), [[French Dry Cleaning]] plant (1922), [[Louzis Restaurant]] (August 1946-1964)
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*** 1529½: former location of [[B. F. Caffey & Co.]] (1904)
 
*** 1529½: former location of [[B. F. Caffey & Co.]] (1904)
  
====[[16th Street North]] intersects====
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====[[16th Street North]]====
 
[[File:Thomas Jefferson Hotel.jpg|right|thumb|225px|The Thomas Jefferson Hotel]]
 
[[File:Thomas Jefferson Hotel.jpg|right|thumb|225px|The Thomas Jefferson Hotel]]
 
* north side ([[Block 89]]):
 
* north side ([[Block 89]]):
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** 1629-1631: [[Thomas Jefferson Tower]] (built 1929 as the [[Thomas Jefferson Hotel]]), former location of vacant stores (1891)
 
** 1629-1631: [[Thomas Jefferson Tower]] (built 1929 as the [[Thomas Jefferson Hotel]]), former location of vacant stores (1891)
  
====[[17th Street North]] intersects====
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====[[17th Street North]]====
 
* north side ([[Block 88]]):
 
* north side ([[Block 88]]):
 
** 1700-1708: [[Phoenix Building]]/[[Phoenix Lofts]], former site of [[Orr & Lanning]] livery stables, [[Palace Livery Co.]] (1904), [[Weaver & Carnes Garage]] (1922), former offices of [[Southern Bell]] telephone company
 
** 1700-1708: [[Phoenix Building]]/[[Phoenix Lofts]], former site of [[Orr & Lanning]] livery stables, [[Palace Livery Co.]] (1904), [[Weaver & Carnes Garage]] (1922), former offices of [[Southern Bell]] telephone company
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****** 1733: former location of [[Weatherly Retail Foods]] restaurant (1959-1964), [[Pasquale's Pizza & Pasta]]
 
****** 1733: former location of [[Weatherly Retail Foods]] restaurant (1959-1964), [[Pasquale's Pizza & Pasta]]
  
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====[[18th Street North]]====
 
[[File:Bell Building.jpg|right|thumb|225px|The Bell Building at 1814 2nd Avenue North in January 1912]]
 
[[File:Bell Building.jpg|right|thumb|225px|The Bell Building at 1814 2nd Avenue North in January 1912]]
====[[18th Street North]] intersects====
 
 
* north side ([[Block 87]]):
 
* north side ([[Block 87]]):
 
** 1800-1806: [[Loveman's parking deck]], former site of [[United States Court House and Post Office]] (built 1893, demolished 1925), [[Herman Saks & Sons]] clothiers (1925-1929), [[167th Infantry Army National Guard Armory]], [[American Legion]]   
 
** 1800-1806: [[Loveman's parking deck]], former site of [[United States Court House and Post Office]] (built 1893, demolished 1925), [[Herman Saks & Sons]] clothiers (1925-1929), [[167th Infantry Army National Guard Armory]], [[American Legion]]   
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===[[Central City neighborhood]]===
 
===[[Central City neighborhood]]===
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====[[19th Street North]]====
 
[[File:Hudgin's Fountain 1886.jpg|right|thumb|275px|Hudgins' fountain in 1886]]
 
[[File:Hudgin's Fountain 1886.jpg|right|thumb|275px|Hudgins' fountain in 1886]]
====[[19th Street North]] intersects====
 
 
* former site of [[Hudgins' fountain]]
 
* former site of [[Hudgins' fountain]]
 
* north side ([[Block 86]]):
 
* north side ([[Block 86]]):
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*** 1929½: former location of [[Nathan Copeland]] tailor / [[C. M. Lorentzen]] chiropractor, [[T. L. Downey]] dental lab, [[U. S. Marine Corps]] office / [[F. W. McInturff]] pipe repair /[[J. B. Stallwort]] dentist (1922)
 
*** 1929½: former location of [[Nathan Copeland]] tailor / [[C. M. Lorentzen]] chiropractor, [[T. L. Downey]] dental lab, [[U. S. Marine Corps]] office / [[F. W. McInturff]] pipe repair /[[J. B. Stallwort]] dentist (1922)
  
====[[20th Street North]] intersects====
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====[[20th Street North]]====
 
[[File:Birmingham Parking Authority Deck 6.jpg|right|thumb|275px|BPA Deck No. 6 on 2nd Avenue North]]
 
[[File:Birmingham Parking Authority Deck 6.jpg|right|thumb|275px|BPA Deck No. 6 on 2nd Avenue North]]
 
* former site of [[Odeon Two Theater]]
 
* former site of [[Odeon Two Theater]]
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*** 2031½: former location of [[Linquest & Jordan]] dentists, oculists & aurists (1887), [[Dr. W.D. Cooper]] (1887), [[Drs. Ledbetter & Cox]] (1887)
 
*** 2031½: former location of [[Linquest & Jordan]] dentists, oculists & aurists (1887), [[Dr. W.D. Cooper]] (1887), [[Drs. Ledbetter & Cox]] (1887)
  
====[[21st Street North]] intersects====
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====[[21st Street North]]====
 
* north side ([[Block 84]]):
 
* north side ([[Block 84]]):
 
** 2100-2110: [[Central Parking System]] parking lot, formerly [[Hindon Car Park]] (1964)
 
** 2100-2110: [[Central Parking System]] parking lot, formerly [[Hindon Car Park]] (1964)
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**** 2131: former location of fruit stand (1891)
 
**** 2131: former location of fruit stand (1891)
  
====[[22nd Street North]] intersects====
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====[[22nd Street North]]====
 
* North side ([[Block 83]])
 
* North side ([[Block 83]])
 
** 2200: former location of dry goods store (1891), [[J. D. Hagan & Co.]] saloon (1904), [[Jones Valley Barbecue]] (1929), [[Kansas City Steak House]] (1964), [[Johnson Tailors & Formal Rentals]] ([[Eddie Johnson]] 1981)
 
** 2200: former location of dry goods store (1891), [[J. D. Hagan & Co.]] saloon (1904), [[Jones Valley Barbecue]] (1929), [[Kansas City Steak House]] (1964), [[Johnson Tailors & Formal Rentals]] ([[Eddie Johnson]] 1981)
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** 2231-2233: [[2231 2nd Avenue North|Commercial building]] (built c. 1916), former location of [[Prince Radio Co.]] (1931-1946), [[Spencer Furniture]] (1964), [[Cameron Furniture]] (1984)
 
** 2231-2233: [[2231 2nd Avenue North|Commercial building]] (built c. 1916), former location of [[Prince Radio Co.]] (1931-1946), [[Spencer Furniture]] (1964), [[Cameron Furniture]] (1984)
  
====[[23rd Street North]] intersects====
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====[[23rd Street North]]====
 
* north side ([[Block 82]])
 
* north side ([[Block 82]])
 
** 2300-2302: parking lot
 
** 2300-2302: parking lot
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** 2331: [[2331 2nd Avenue North|Commercial building]] (built c. 1904), [[Custom Screen Printing]], former location of [[Motlow Distilling Company|Jack Daniel Distributing Company]], [[Jack's Auto Supply Co.]] (1964-1984)
 
** 2331: [[2331 2nd Avenue North|Commercial building]] (built c. 1904), [[Custom Screen Printing]], former location of [[Motlow Distilling Company|Jack Daniel Distributing Company]], [[Jack's Auto Supply Co.]] (1964-1984)
  
====[[24th Street North]] intersects====
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====[[24th Street North]]====
 
* north side ([[Block 81]])
 
* north side ([[Block 81]])
 
** 2400-2406: former location of [[Eagle Hotel]] (1891), [[Hotel Jefferson]] / [[Star Super Market]]
 
** 2400-2406: former location of [[Eagle Hotel]] (1891), [[Hotel Jefferson]] / [[Star Super Market]]
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*** 2431: former location of grocery store (1891), [[Hilda's Cafe]] (1947)
 
*** 2431: former location of grocery store (1891), [[Hilda's Cafe]] (1947)
  
====[[25th Street North]] intersects====
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====[[25th Street North]]====
 
* north side
 
* north side
 
** 2500: former location of [[Bill & Cecil's Cafe]] (1928)
 
** 2500: former location of [[Bill & Cecil's Cafe]] (1928)
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** 2531: former location of [[Sentell Oil Co.]] wholesale (1964)
 
** 2531: former location of [[Sentell Oil Co.]] wholesale (1964)
  
====[[Carraway Boulevard]] ([[26th Street North]]) intersects====
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====[[Carraway Boulevard]] ([[26th Street North]])====
 
* Elton B. Stephens Expressway north off-ramp
 
* Elton B. Stephens Expressway north off-ramp
 
* 2600: former location of [[George Cook]] auto dealer (1927), [[Jack's Parking]] (1964)
 
* 2600: former location of [[George Cook]] auto dealer (1927), [[Jack's Parking]] (1964)

Revision as of 07:18, 17 September 2020

1900 block of 2nd Avenue North in 2006. The Old Kress Building is prominent.

2nd Avenue North (Downtown) is the section of 2nd Avenue North running through downtown Birmingham's Fountain Heights and Central City neighborhoods, between I-65 and 26th Streets.

In the downtown area, 2nd Avenue North has an 80-foot right of way. It is a one-way street which carries three lanes of westbound traffic, with parallel parking at each curb.

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 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.

Locations

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

2nd Avenue North continues west through Smithfield to Center Street, continuing as Tuscaloosa Avenue Southwest

Fountain Heights neighborhood

11th Street North

12th Street North

13th Street North

14th Street North

15th Street North

16th Street North

The Thomas Jefferson Hotel

17th Street North

1700 block of 2nd Avenue North with the Ritz Theater, c. 1950s

18th Street North

The Bell Building at 1814 2nd Avenue North in January 1912

Central City neighborhood

19th Street North

Hudgins' fountain in 1886
Rosenberger's Birmingham Trunk Factory in 1939

20th Street North

BPA Deck No. 6 on 2nd Avenue North

21st Street North

The Zinszer Building at 2115-2119 2nd Avenue North

22nd Street North

23rd Street North

24th Street North

25th Street North

Carraway Boulevard (26th Street North)

References