Park Tower

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Park Tower, originally Park Tower Apartments, is an 11-story, 110-unit condominium tower at 2711–2717 Highland Avenue South. It was developed by attorney I. T. Cohen of Atlanta, Georgia with Birmingham's Simon A. Cohen & Associates in 1968.

Construction of the Park Tower commenced in November 1967 with a projected cost of $2.75 million. The design, by Brandon Crawford & Associates, featured 107 total units. First floor residents have over-sized terraces and 10-foot ceilings, while the penthouses feature complete views of Vulcan Park, Sloss Furnace, and the Birmingham skyline. Covered parking was included int he original design, with access from each parking level to the building's three high-speed elevators.

R. N. Hoar & Son was the general contractor, and First National Bank of Birmingham provided construction financing. The building was topped-out on June 29, 1968 and opened to residents in November 1968.

Park Tower was developed so that all utilities except telephone service were included in the lease. Each unit was equipped with central gas heating and cooling, gas-fired water heaters, ranges, and ovens. A separate laundry room on each floor also featured gas clothes dryers. The lobby featured a lounge and a main-level plaza included a swimming pool with covered cabanas decorated with a "Polynesian" motif and lit by gas lamps. Each floor also provided extra storage room for tenants. Leedy & Co. acted as leasing agent.

Shortly after opening as luxury apartments, the building was converted into Birmingham's first fee-simple condominium project. In addition to the residential units, the modern structure also has one commercial unit. The facility features a swimming pool, poolside club room, on-site salon, parking garage, full-time building manager, and on-site security service.

Notable residents