3rd Avenue South

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3rd Avenue South (originally Avenue C) is an east-west avenue in Birmingham. It continues U. S. Highway 78 westbound from Crestwood Boulevard (via an angled section of 5th Avenue South) through Avondale and into the City Center. Beginning at 36th Street the avenue is one-way westbound with three lanes of traffic.

US 78 turns north off of 3rd Avenue at 24th Street, continuing west along 8th Avenue North toward Arkadelphia Road. 3rd Avenue South proceeds through Midtown Birmingham, becoming an onramp to I-65 North after it crosses 12th Street South.

The avenue picks up again in Titusville as 3rd Avenue Southwest, a two-lane residential street running between Omega Street and Martin Luther King, Jr Drive at Elmwood Cemetery.

In Woodlawn and East Lake additional sections of 3rd Avenue South can be found. One runs for less than a block off of 59th Street South south of Georgia Road. Another picks up at 61st Street South and runs into the I-20 right of way just past 64th Street South. It picks up at 64th Place South on the other side of the interstate and continues to 67th Street South, where it ends in the turn a block shy of the Cascade Plunge. On the other side of the proposed Druid Hollow Park 3rd Avenue continues as a residential street between 70th Street South and 86th Street South. The alley between 2nd and 3rd Avenue in this area is promoted as a Musician's Hollow by the East Lake Arts District.

MAX Transit Route 17 runs along parts of 3rd Avenue South in Avondale.

History

3rd Avenue South was converted from two-way to one-way (westbound) traffic from 32nd Street to 14th Street in August 1955. The west-only traffic pattern was extended to I-65 in 1973 by the Alabama Department of Transportation's TOPICS (Traffic Operations Program to Increase Capacity and Safety) program.

Notable locations

For an alphabetical list of locations, see the 3rd Avenue South category.

South Titusville

Five Points South neighborhood

  • 10th Street South formerly intersected
    • north side (Block 280)
      • former location of "scattered lumber piles" (1911)
    • south side (Block 279)
      • former location of 2nd Presbyterian Church (1896)
      • 1001: former location of duplex residence (1911)
      • 1003: former location of duplex residence (1911)
      • 1005: former location of duplex residence (1911)
      • 1007: former location of duplex residence (1911)
      • 1009: former location of duplex residence (1911)
      • 1011–1013: former location of duplex residence (1911)
      • 1017: former location of residence (1911)
      • 1019: former location of residence (1911)
      • 1023: former location of residence (1911)
      • 1025: former location of residence (1911)
      • 1029–1031: former location of duplex residence (1911)
  • 11th Street South intersects (north only)
    • north side (Block 269)
    • south side (Block 270)
      • former location of 11th Street Baptist Church (1900)
      • 1101–1103: former location of duplex residence (1911)
      • 1105: former location of duplex residence (1911)
      • 1107: former location of duplex residence (1911)
      • 1109: former location of "Methodist Episcopal Church (Negro)" (1911), apartment building
      • 1111: former location of apartment building
  • I-65 (access to northbound lanes)
  • 12th Street South intersects
    • north side (Block 246):
      • 1200–1230: University Park Business Center
        • 1200: former location of store (1911), St Matthew Baptist Church (1935)
        • 1202: former location of residence (1911)
        • 1204–1206: former location of duplex residence (1911)
        • 1208–1210: former location of duplex residence (1911)
          • 1208: former location of Steve Cross ice dealer (1953)
        • 1218: former location of residence (1911), Avenue C Garage auto repairs (1953)
        • 1226: former location of duplex residence (1911)
        • 1228: former location of Bridget O'Neill boarding house (1900), duplex residence (1911)
        • 1230: former location of store (1911)
    • south side (Block 245):
      • 1201–1229: proposed site for The Marshall student apartments (2022)
        • 1201–1203: former location of duplex residence (1911)
        • 1205–1207: former location of duplex residence (1911)
        • 1209–1211: former location of duplex residence (1911)
      • 1217½: former location of George Cross ice dealer (1953)
      • 1219–1231: former location of parking lot, proposed location for University House
        • 1227: former location of duplex residence (1911)
        • 1229: former location of duplex residence (1911)
        • 1231: former location of duplex residence (1911)
  • 13th Street South intersects
    • north side (Block 129):
      • 1300: former location of residence (1911)
      • 1304: former location of residence (1911)
      • 1306: former location of residence (1911)
    • south side (Block 154):
      • 1301: former location of duplex residence (1911), Cain Awning (–2020)
      • 1303: former location of duplex residence (1911)
      • 1313: former location of residence (1911)
      • 1315: former location of residence (1911)
      • 1317: former location of residence (1911)
      • 1319: former location of residence (1911)
      • 1321: former location of duplex residence (1911)
      • 1323–1325: former location of duplex residence (1911)
      • 1327: former location of residence (1911)
      • 1331: former location of duplex residence (1911)

Southside neighborhood

  • 23rd Street South intersects
    • north side (Block 139):
      • 2300-2330: WorkTrux truck sales
        • 2300: former location of P. Lombard grocer (1899–1900), W. M. Brown saloon (1904), store (1911)
        • 2302: former location of P. Lombard residence (1900), store (1911)
        • 2304: former location of store (1911)
        • 2306: former location of duplex residence (1911)
        • 2308: former location of duplex residence (1911)
        • 2310: former location of Red Bryant Motors used cars (1953)
        • 2312: former location of duplex residence (1911)
        • 2314: former location of duplex residence (1911)
        • 2316–2318: former location of duplex residence (1911)
        • 2320–2322: former location of duplex residence (1911)
        • 2326: former location of duplex residence (1911)
        • 2328–2330: former location of store (1911), Young's Undertaking Parlor (1925)
    • south side (Block 144):
      • 2301: Budget Car & Truck Rental, former location of T. H. Bower saloon (1899-1904), residence (1911)
      • 2303: former location of Love Shields restaurant (1899-1904), residence (1911)
      • 2305: former location of residence (1911), Tissler Auto Body Co. repairs (1953)
      • 2307–2309: former location of McMillan Undertaking Co. (1925)
        • 2307: former location of residence (1911)
        • 2309: former location of residence (1911)
      • 2311: former location of duplex residence (1911)
      • 2315: former location of duplex residence (1911), Thompson-Dominick Motors (1953)
      • 2317: former location of duplex residence (1911)
      • 2319: former location of duplex residence (1911), Haynes Auto Parts (1953)
      • 2321: former location of duplex residence (1911), William Lightner restaurant (1925)
      • 2325-2331: Luxe Ultra Lounge, former location of The Downtown Church
        • 2325: former location of duplex residence (1911)
        • 2329: former location of duplex residence (1911)
        • 2331: former location of duplex residence (1911)
  • 24th Street South intersects
    • north side (Block 140):
      • 2400–2404: All About Trucks, former location of store (1911)
      • 2406: former location of triplex residence (1911)
      • 2408: former location of residence (1911)
      • 2412: Elite Tire & Service, former location of Henry Melton boarding house (1900), residence (1911), Omega Tires
      • 2414: former location of residence (1911)
      • 2416: former location of residence (1911)
      • 2418: former location of residence (1911)
      • 2420: former location of residence (1911)
      • 2422: former location of residence (1911)
      • 2424–2430: Ultra Motorcars of Birmingham
        • 2424: former location of residence (1911)
        • 2426: former location of residence (1911)
        • 2428: former location of residence (1911)
        • 2430: former location of residence (1911)
    • south side (Block 143):
      • 2401–2411: Cook Out (January 2021-), former location of Highline Imports (demolished 2020)
        • 2401–2403: former location of store (1911)
        • 2405: former location of duplex residence (1911), O. C. Jones clothes cleaner (1925)
        • 2407: former location of residence (1911)
        • 2409: former location of residence (1911)
      • 2413: former location of residence (1911)
      • 2417: Pro-Fit orthotics & prosthetics (2015–), former location of residence (1911), Grump's Great Grill (1990s–2011)
      • 2419: former location of residence (1911)
      • 2421: former location of residence (1911)
      • 2423: former location of residence (1911)
      • 2425: former location of residence (1911)
      • 2427: former location of residence (1911), Pleasant Green Baptist Church (1935)
      • 2429–2431: former location of triplex residence (1911)

Forest Park-South Avondale

  • 39th Street South intersects
    • north side (Block 9):
      • 3900–3908: K-Chem
        • 3906: former location of residence (1911)
        • 3908: former location of residence (1911)
      • 3912: Rookis Agency, former location of residence (1911)
      • 3916: former location of residence (1911)
      • 3920: former location of residence (1911)
      • 3924: former location of residence (1911)
      • 3928: former location of residence (1911)
      • 3932: former location of residence (1911)
      • 3936: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4000–4020: MAKEbhm (2016-), former location of Ram Tool
        • 4000: former location of residence (1911), George Roberts radio repair (1935)
        • 4002: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4014: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4016: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4028–4030: Hi-Tec Auto Service, former location of store (1911), Avondale Service Station (1953), Soi Pham
    • south side (Block 14):
      • 3911: former location of residence (1911)
      • 3915: former location of residence (1911)
      • 3919: residence (1911–)
      • 3923: vacant lot, former location of residence (1911)
      • 3927: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4001: residence
      • 4003: Head to Tail Animal Care, former location of residence (1911)
      • 4009–4013: former location of Avondale Presbyterian Church (1911–1953)
      • 4015: former location of residence (1911), Walter Allen piano tuner (1935)
      • 4017: former location of The Avon apartments (1935–1953)
      • 4023: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4025–4031: former location of store (1911)

Forest Park/East Avondale

  • 42nd Street South intersects
    • north side (Block 11):
      • 4202: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4208: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4210: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4212: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4216: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4218: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4220: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4224: former location of John Carter transfer (1935)
      • 4228: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4232: former location of residence (1911), Birmingham Association for the Blind
      • 4234–4242 (4300): former location of Avondale School (1890–1922)
      • 4244: Alabama Association for the Blind / Workshops Empowerment Inc. (1916–1935)
      • 4250: former location of William B. Brown radio repair (1935)
      • 4302: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4306: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4310: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4314: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4318: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4322: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4330: former location of residence (1911)
    • south side (Block 12):
      • 4201: former location of residence (1911, burned 2020)
      • 4205: former location of residence (1911, burned 2020)
      • 4209: vacant lot (2008–), former location of Avondale Episcopal Church (1911), Christ Episcopal Church (1915–1925), residence
      • 4207: vacant residence
      • 4211–4231: proposed 48-unit apartment building
        • 4215: former location of residence (1911)
        • 4219: former location of residence (1911)
        • 4229: former location of residence (1911)
        • 4231: former location of residence (1911), Estetica Unisex Lolis salon
      • 4233–4239: Avondale III Apartments, formerly Havenwood Apartments
        • 4233: former location of residence (1911)
        • 4237: former location of residence (1911)
        • 4239: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4241–4261: proposed 48-unit apartment building
        • 4241: former location of residence (1911)
        • 4243: former location of residence (1911)
        • 4245: former location of residence (1911)
        • 4261: former location of Genry's Barber Shop (2010s)
      • 4269-4277: Avondale I Apartments, former location of Avolyn Court Apartments (1953)
      • 4285: Industrial Diesel Hydraulics (2015-), former location of Birmingham Plastic Pipe & Supply
      • 4301: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4303: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4305: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4307: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4311: former location of residence (1911)
      • 4321: former location of residence (1911)

East Avondale

South Woodlawn

South East Lake

Locations on 3rd Avenue Southwest