UAB Humanities Building

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The UAB Humanities Building (originally University College Building No. 3) was a 64,000 square-foot classroom and office building on the UAB campus at 900 13th Street South.

It was part of the first major building project undertaken in 1970 for the development of a College of General Studies at UAB. It was funded in part by federal and state grants awarded through the Appalachian Regional Commission.

The building was designed by Jones, Crow & Mann Architects of Huntsville. Ground was broken at the site of the building in 1971, and it was completed by Dunn Construction in 1972. The building's dedication was held on March 20, 1973. It was renamed the "Humanities Building" in 1983.

The Hideaway Cafe was once located on the third floor of the building. It opened in the 1970s and closed in the late 2000s. The Visual Arts Gallery opened on the ground floor in 1974 and closed in 2014.

The university announced plans to demolish the Humanities Building during the September 2023 meeting of the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. The site was to be used "as green space and for future development," with the university saving an estimated $285,000 per year in maintenance and utilities.


  • Thrailkill, Laurel (September 5, 2023) "UAB to demolish multiple campus buildings in multimillion-dollar project." Birmingham Business Journal