Bottega Favorita

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Watercolor of Bottega Favorita by Bob Moody (link)

The Bottega Favorita is a 2-story, neo-classical building local located at 2240 Highland Avenue South in the Five Points South neighborhood of the Southside community. It was designed in 1926 by Warren, Knight and Davis as a retail showroom for the Gus Mayer department store.

A 3,000 square foot apartment on the upper floor, accessed by an open-caged elevator from the center passage, was originally designed as a residence for nurses. It was the home of artist and designer Bob Moody for several years. After Gus Mayer left, the ground floor was used by a succession of interior decorators, including Joe McKinnon Interiors. The left side of the ground floor was used as offices for the Boy Scouts' Birmingham Area Council in the 1970s. The offices of Tutwiler Investments are still located in the building.

In 1988 the retail spaces were renovated by Highland Partners architects for Frank Stitt's Italian-themed Bottega Restaurant and Bottega Café.

The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.


  • Kaimann, Frederick. (March 27, 1994) "Little treasures all around Birmingham are hidden architectural delights." The Birmingham News

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