2170 Highland Avenue

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2170 Highland Avenue is a two-story office building on Highland Avenue in the Five Points South area of Birmingham. It was originally built in 1961 as the Travelers Building and housed the local offices of the Travelers Insurance Companies.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s the building housed the Dick Dawson Insurance Agency. From the late 1980s to the late 1990s Complete Health occupied the entire building.

The building was heavily remodeled in 1999 for the offices of Donald Watkins' Alamerica Bank. Watkins formed the First Highland Group to develop the property. An adjoining vacant house was torn down at that time for additional parking. Southpace Properties is the building manager.

On September 1, 2013 First Highland defaulted on the mortgage for the property and quickly filed for bankruptcy protection to negotiate to prevent foreclosure. The Starwood Property Trust of Greenwich, Connecticut acquired the building through a newly-formed LLC in 2017.

In 2018 the property was acquired by CW Holdings and Vulcan View Partners. Matt Kilgore announced that Iron Mountain Insurance and Iron Mountain Investments would relocate to the building.



  • Polk's Birmingham (Jefferson County, Ala.) City Directory (1964) Richmond, Virginia: R. L. Polk & Co.
  • Tomberlin, Michael (October 29, 2013) "Donald Watkins gets time to refinance or sell Highland Avenue office building or face foreclosure." The Birmingham News
  • Coker, Angel (July 25, 2018) "Former Alamerica Bank building purchased by local investment groups." Birmingham Business Journal