2250 Bessemer Road
2250 Bessemer Road is a commercial lot located at 2250–2254 Bessemer Road (formerly 2630 Bessemer Road), on the corner of Ensley 5 Points West Avenue, in the Five Points West district of Birmingham's Central Park neighborhood.
The office building on the site was constructed in 1960 for the Five Points West branch of the Exchange Security Bank. The one-story stone and tile building was designed by architect William Shaw and constructed for $175,000 by the Robins Engineering Co. The branch originally featured three drive-in teller islands.
Jack Schaeffer of Schaeffer Eye Center, who had operated in the building for more than a decade, purchased the property for $100,000 in 2011 under a redevelopment agreement from the City of Birmingham. That project was not realized.
In 2020 attorney Eric Guster bought the building from the city for the same price and announced plans to demolish it for construction of a new 3,800 square-foot Welch Guster Building. In November 2021 his updated plan for a larger 6,000 square-foot building for his firm and two tenants was approved by the Birmingham Design Review Committee.
- South Park Service Station, 1940s
- Sombrero Drive-In, 1957
- Exchange Security Bank, 1960–1971
- Welch Guster Building (2022–)
- "New Exchange-Security branch for Five Points West" (August 1959) The Birmingham News
- Van der Bijl, Hanno (September 14, 2020) "Local attorney acquires former bank building in Five Points West." Birmingham Business Journal
- Van der Bijl, Hanno (November 18, 2020) "Guster plans new office building at former Regions branch." Birmingham Business Journal
- Coker, Angel (November 24, 2021) "Eric Guster receives approval for redevelopment project in Bham neighborhood." Birmingham Business Journal