Freedom Manor

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Roof of Freedom Manor in 2020
Freedom Manor in 2017

The Freedom Manor is a six-story public housing project operated by the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District located at 1617 5th Avenue North in the Fountain Heights neighborhood of the Northside community.

The building, constructed in 1986, is located directly south of Kelly Ingram Park in downtown Birmingham. This mid-rise housing project contains 103 units for low-income seniors.

On February 6, 2013 a driver plowed into one of the ground floor apartments. No one was injured. In December 2016 HABD announced a $4 million project to reclad the exterior of the building and update finishes and security on the interior. Nolanda Hatcher of Studio 2H Design served as architect for the renovations. The proposal was approved by the Birmingham Design Review Committee on September 27, 2017. The cost of the renovation project swelled to $8 million before work was completed in early 2020.

The roof of Freedom Manor was fitted with a 100 kilowatt photovoltaic panel installation in 2022.


  • Faulk, Kent (February 6, 2013) "Car crashes into Freedom Manor apartments in Birmingham." The Birmingham News
  • Cline, Wade (December 19, 2016) "Freedom Manor Building to be Renovated." Bham Now
  • Poe, Kelly (October 3, 3017) "Freedom Manor wins design approval for $5.5 million renovation." The Birmingham News
  • Van der Bijl, Hanno (February 14, 2020) "Housing authority completes $8M renovation of downtown building." Birmingham Business Journal

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