Simpson Building

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The Simpson Building (originally the Simpson Preparatory School) was built as a teacher training school on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College in 1923. It was named for John D. Simpson, former presiding elder of the Birmingham District of the Methodist Episcopal, Church, South.

The stuccoed two-story U-shaped building was designed by architect David O. Whilldin with a tiled, gabled roof and a projecting entry gable with limestone trim around a rectangular portal surmounted by a Palladian triple window.

In 1940 the lower portion of the building was renovated by George P. Turner as the home of the Birmingham Conservatory of Music, which merged entirely with the college 13 years later.

The college moved most functions out of the building in 2004, using it for storage and occasional special events, such as the I-Jam and Club Mumbai.


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