The building was constructed in 1927 and opened on January 15, 1928 as the Hillman Hospital School of Nursing Residence, supporting the nearby Hillman Hospital. It was built simultaneously with the New Hillman Building, a similarly scaled and detailed addition to the south side of the hospital building.
In 2020 the University of Alabama Board of Trustees approved the development of plans to demolish the Kracke Building to provide a staging area for expansion and renovation of the neighboring Lyons Harrison Research Building as the Altec Styslinger Genomic Medicine and Data Sciences Building. After those projects are completed, the Kracke building's site would be converted into a green space.
The building was demolished in 2021.
- Bethea, Helen (1928) The Hillman Hospital: A Story of the Growth and Development of the First Hospital in Birmingham, 1888-1907. Birmingham: Board of Managers of Hillman Hospital
- Holley, Howard L. & Eugenia Blount Dabney (January 1961) "History of the Hillman Hospital, Part I: The Hospital of the United Charities." De Historia Medicinae. No. 5, pp. 9-16
- Van der Bijl, Hanno (March 9, 2021) "Demo request to go before DRC for UAB’s new genomic building project." Birmingham Business Journal
- Kracke Building on Emporis.com