Difference between revisions of "1st Avenue North"

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* [[53rd Street North]] intersects
 
* [[53rd Street North]] intersects
 
** north side
 
** north side
*** 5300: former location of [[Howards Moving & Storage Co.]] (1946), [[McElroy Motors]] used cars (1960)
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*** 5300–5340: [[Woodlawn Post Office]]
*** 5310: [[Woodlawn Post Office]]
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**** 5300: former location of [[Howards Moving & Storage Co.]] (1946), [[McElroy Motors]] used cars (1960)
*** 5312: former location of [[Woodlawn Nursery School]] (1960)
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**** 5312: former location of [[Woodlawn Nursery School]] (1960)
**** 5312A: former location of [[B-Gay Cleaners]] (1960)
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***** 5312A: former location of [[B-Gay Cleaners]] (1960)
*** 5316: former location of [[Mary Lucille Beauty Shop]] (1960)
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**** 5316: former location of [[Mary Lucille Beauty Shop]] (1960)
*** 5324: former location of [[Woodlawn Nursery School]] (1946)
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**** 5324: former location of [[Woodlawn Nursery School]] (1946)
*** 5328: former location of [[Woodlawn Church of Christ]] (1960)
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**** 5328: former location of [[Woodlawn Church of Christ]] (1960)
 
*** 5350: former location of [[Woodlawn Methodist Episcopal Church]] (1922), [[Roberts Realty Co.]] (1938–1946), [[Charles Head]] / [[John Jordan]] physicians (1960)
 
*** 5350: former location of [[Woodlawn Methodist Episcopal Church]] (1922), [[Roberts Realty Co.]] (1938–1946), [[Charles Head]] / [[John Jordan]] physicians (1960)
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*** 5352–5354: [[Earl Dudley Associates]] surveying equipment
 
*** 5358: former location of [[Pope Texaco Service]] (1960)
 
*** 5358: former location of [[Pope Texaco Service]] (1960)
 
** south side
 
** south side
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*** 5469: former location of [[Hurley Knight]] physician (1946–1960)
 
*** 5469: former location of [[Hurley Knight]] physician (1946–1960)
 
*** 5371: former location of ''[[Woodlawn Herald]]'' newspaper (1938–1946), [[Three Dorriety Bros.]] printers (1938-1960)
 
*** 5371: former location of ''[[Woodlawn Herald]]'' newspaper (1938–1946), [[Three Dorriety Bros.]] printers (1938-1960)
*** 5373: former location of [[Charles Dorriety]] residence (1946–1960)
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*** 5373: [[Staff Zone]] (2016–), former location of [[Charles Dorriety]] residence (1946–1960)
*** 5377: former location of [[Woodlawn Post Office|Woodlawn Station]] post office (1960)
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*** 5377: [[Woodlawn Barber & Style]] (2019–), former location of [[Woodlawn Post Office|Woodlawn Station]] post office (1960), [[Able Body Labor]] (2007–2008), [[MDT Personnel]] (2012), [[Life Changing Worship Center]] (2016–2018)
*** 5381: former location of [[Harry Pennington]] / [[Willie Hawkins]] beauty shop (1946), [[Jack R. Smith]] physician (1960)
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*** 5381: [[Woodlawn Health Center]] / [[American Colorectal Cancer Detection Center]] (2007–), former location of [[Harry Pennington]] / [[Willie Hawkins]] beauty shop (1946), [[Jack R. Smith]] physician (1960)
*** 5385: former location of [[Lewis Allbritton]] physician (1938), [[Sterling Somerset]] physician (1938–1946), [[Somerset & McDonald]] physicians (1960)
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*** 5385: [[Sudderth & Somerset]] attorneys (2007–), former location of [[Lewis Allbritton]] physician (1938), [[Sterling Somerset]] physician (1938–1946), [[Somerset & McDonald]] physicians (1960)
*** 5389: former location of [[Alma White Cafeteria]] (1960)
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*** 5389–5391: [[New Creations Special Event Room]] (2007–)
*** 5391: former location of [[East End Apothecary]] (1949-1960)
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**** 5389: former location of [[Alma White Cafeteria]] (1960)
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**** 5391: former location of [[East End Apothecary]] (1949-1960),
  
 
* [[54th Street North]] intersects (south only)
 
* [[54th Street North]] intersects (south only)
 
** north side
 
** north side
*** 5400: former location of [[Duncan Drug Co.]] (1922), [[Sweatt's Service Station]] (1960)
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*** 5400: [[Metro PCS]] (2018–), former location of [[Duncan Drug Co.]] (1922), [[Sweatt's Service Station]] (1960), [[Cash Choice]] (2007–2008)
 
**** 5400½: former location of [[Piquick Club]] (1920)
 
**** 5400½: former location of [[Piquick Club]] (1920)
 
*** 5402: former location of [[Woodlawn Savings Bank]] (1922)
 
*** 5402: former location of [[Woodlawn Savings Bank]] (1922)
*** 5404: former location of [[Woodlawn Post Office]] (1922), [[Thomas Cafe]] (1928)
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*** 5404: [[Highlander Center]] laundry / dry-cleaning (2008–), former location of [[Woodlawn Post Office]] (1922), [[Thomas Cafe]] (1928)
 
**** 5404½: former location of [[R. G. Lovelady]] & [[W. C. Farrar]] physicians / [[D. E. Duggar]] dentist / [[Woodlawn Real Estate & Insurance Co.]] / [[Mt Oliver National Farm Loan Co.]] / Masonic Hall (1922)
 
**** 5404½: former location of [[R. G. Lovelady]] & [[W. C. Farrar]] physicians / [[D. E. Duggar]] dentist / [[Woodlawn Real Estate & Insurance Co.]] / [[Mt Oliver National Farm Loan Co.]] / Masonic Hall (1922)
 
*** 5410: former location of [[Pridmore & Chandler]] meats (1922)
 
*** 5410: former location of [[Pridmore & Chandler]] meats (1922)
*** 5416: [[Langner Building]], former location of [[C. M. Riggins]] restaurant (1922), [[Bishop's Flower & Gifts]] (1960)
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*** 5412: [[Imperial Cleaners]]
*** 5418: former location of [[State Barbecue]] restaurant (1960)
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*** 5416–5424: [[Langner Building]]
**** 5418A: former location of [[Purity Box Lunch Co.]] (1960)
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**** 5416: [[Imperial Formal Wear]], former location of [[C. M. Riggins]] restaurant (1922), [[Bishop's Flower & Gifts]] (1960), [[Cell King]] (2007–2008)
*** 5520: former location of [[Custom Barber Shop]] (1960)
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**** 5418: former location of [[State Barbecue]] restaurant (1960), [[New Covenant Faith Ministries]] (2012–2018)
*** 5422: former location of [[Tasker Jones]] accountant / [[Gerelds & Wilkey Inc.]] real estate / [[Tommy Gerelds Insurance Agency]] (1960), [[Dino's Hot Dogs]], [[Bayles Catering]] (-2018)
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***** 5418A: former location of [[Purity Box Lunch Co.]] (1960)
*** 5424: [[Forge Chiropractic]] (2019-), former location of [[Smith's Apothecary]] (1960–1973)
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**** 5420: former location of [[Custom Barber Shop]] (1960), [[Maria African Hair Braiding]] (2008–2012)
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**** 5422: former location of [[Tasker Jones]] accountant / [[Gerelds & Wilkey Inc.]] real estate / [[Tommy Gerelds Insurance Agency]] (1960), [[Dino's Hot Dogs]], [[Bayles Catering]] (2016-2018), [[Fat Mama's Lunchbox]] (2019)
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**** 5424: [[Forge Chiropractic]] (2019-), former location of [[Smith's Apothecary]] (1960–1973), [[After Hours Tech]] (2012)
 
*** 5428: [[Regions Bank]] [[Regions Bank Woodlawn branch|Woodlawn branch]], former location of [[First National Bank of Birmingham]] (1960)
 
*** 5428: [[Regions Bank]] [[Regions Bank Woodlawn branch|Woodlawn branch]], former location of [[First National Bank of Birmingham]] (1960)
 
*** 5430-5434: former location of [[Woodlawn United Methodist Church]] (built 1912, demolished 2011)
 
*** 5430-5434: former location of [[Woodlawn United Methodist Church]] (built 1912, demolished 2011)
 
** south side
 
** south side
*** 5401: [[Family Dollar]], former location of [[Mize Service Center]] gas station (1938), [[Hill Food Stores|Hill Grocery Co.]] (1960)
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*** 5401–5417: [[Family Dollar]] (2012–), former location of [[Piggly Wiggly]] (–2007)
*** 5403: [[Woodlawn Theatre]] / [[Mason Music Foundation]] (2020-), former location of [[Woodlawn Theatre]] (1924)
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**** 5401: former location of [[Mize Service Center]] gas station (1938), [[Hill Food Stores|Hill Grocery Co.]] (1960)
*** 5411: former location of [[City Ice Delivery Co.]] (1922), [[May-Ree Beauty Salon]] (1938–1946)
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**** 5411: former location of [[May-Ree Beauty Salon]] (1938–1946)
*** 5413: former location of [[Bertha Goins Flower Shop]] (1946)
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**** 5413: former location of [[Bertha Goins Flower Shop]] (1946)
*** 5415: former location of [[Smith's Apothecary]] (1946)
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**** 5415: former location of [[Smith's Apothecary]] (1946)
*** 5417: former location of [[Goodyear Service Inc.]] (1938), [[Lane Drug Store]] (1946), [[Lane Rexall Drugs]] (1949-1960)
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**** 5417: former location of [[Goodyear Service Inc.]] (1938), [[Lane Drug Store]] (1946), [[Lane Rexall Drugs]] (1949-1960)
*** 5427: former location of [[Birmingham Fire Station No. 12|Hose Company No. 12]]
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* [[55th Street North]] intersects
 
* [[55th Street North]] intersects
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***** 5520½: former location of [[Woodlawn Hardware]] storage (1946)
 
***** 5520½: former location of [[Woodlawn Hardware]] storage (1946)
 
**** 5522: former location of [[Woodlawn Hardware]] (1946-1971), [[Burch Antiques]], [[ADW Temporary Staffing]] (2012)
 
**** 5522: former location of [[Woodlawn Hardware]] (1946-1971), [[Burch Antiques]], [[ADW Temporary Staffing]] (2012)
 
 
** south side
 
** south side
*** 5501: [[Imperial Hair & Beauty]], former location of [[Hill Grocery Co.]] (1938–1946), [[Manufacturer's Outlet Stores]] (1960), [[Family Warehouse]] (2007-2008), [[Mission Possible]] thrift store (2012)
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*** 5501: [[Imperial Hair & Beauty Supply]] (2018–), former location of [[Hill Grocery Co.]] (1938–1946), [[Manufacturer's Outlet Stores]] (1960), [[Family Warehouse]] (2007-2008), [[Mission Possible]] thrift store (2012)
 
*** 5503-5505: [[Boehm Buildings]]
 
*** 5503-5505: [[Boehm Buildings]]
 
**** 5503: [[God's Army Outreach Bible Ministry]] (2007-), former location of [[Woodlawn Monument Co.]] (1922), [[Dixie Barber Shop]] (1938), [[Theatre Barber Shop]] (1946–1960)
 
**** 5503: [[God's Army Outreach Bible Ministry]] (2007-), former location of [[Woodlawn Monument Co.]] (1922), [[Dixie Barber Shop]] (1938), [[Theatre Barber Shop]] (1946–1960)
 
***** 5503½/5503B: former location of National Guard Armory (1922), [[Arnold Gary]] (1946), [[The Wood Doctor]] (-2007)
 
***** 5503½/5503B: former location of National Guard Armory (1922), [[Arnold Gary]] (1946), [[The Wood Doctor]] (-2007)
**** 5505: [[Mason Music Foundation]] (2020-), former location of [[Woodlawn Theatre]] (1929-1957), [[Woodlawn Revival Center]] (1958), [[Sherwin-Williams Co.]] paints (1960)
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**** 5505: [[The Hangout]] / [[Mason Music Foundation]] (2020-), former location of [[Woodlawn Theatre]] (1924-1957), [[Woodlawn Revival Center]] (1958), [[Sherwin-Williams Co.]] paints (1960)
 
*** 5507: [[1st Ave Upholstery]], former location of [[A & P Food Store]] (1938), [[Interstate Supply Co.]] (1946)
 
*** 5507: [[1st Ave Upholstery]], former location of [[A & P Food Store]] (1938), [[Interstate Supply Co.]] (1946)
 
*** 5509: former location of [[Pearson's Bakery]] (1938), [[Woodlawn Bakery]] (1946–1960), [[Kitchencraft Bakeries]] (1960)
 
*** 5509: former location of [[Pearson's Bakery]] (1938), [[Woodlawn Bakery]] (1946–1960), [[Kitchencraft Bakeries]] (1960)
*** 5511: former location of [[City Ice Delivery]] (1938–1946)
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*** 5511: former location of [[City Ice Delivery]] (1922–1946)
 
*** 5515-5529: [[Eastside Funeral Home]] (built 1908 as [[Woodlawn City Hall]])
 
*** 5515-5529: [[Eastside Funeral Home]] (built 1908 as [[Woodlawn City Hall]])
 
**** 5515: former location of [[W. W. Mac Co.]] 5c to $1.00 store (1960)
 
**** 5515: former location of [[W. W. Mac Co.]] 5c to $1.00 store (1960)
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**** 5701: former location of [[Nick Hahamis]] grocer (1922), [[Nick's Place]] (1924), [[John Galatis]] restaurant (1938–1946)
 
**** 5701: former location of [[Nick Hahamis]] grocer (1922), [[Nick's Place]] (1924), [[John Galatis]] restaurant (1938–1946)
 
**** 5703: former location of [[Birmingham Electric Co.]] substation (1938–1946)
 
**** 5703: former location of [[Birmingham Electric Co.]] substation (1938–1946)
*** 5705: [[Dream Center]] (former [[Birmingham Fire Station No. 12]]
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*** 5705: [[Birmingham Dream Center]] (2009–), former location of [[Birmingham Fire Station No. 12]] (built 1927–1980s), [[Jefferson County Health Services]] [[Eastern Health Center]] storage (1990s–2009)
 
*** 5709: [[Woodlawn Library]] (1960)
 
*** 5709: [[Woodlawn Library]] (1960)
  

Revision as of 09:27, 6 June 2021

The "Heaviest Corner on Earth" at 1st Avenue North and 20th Street

First Avenue North is an east-west street running through downtown Birmingham. The westernmost section by that name ends at Center Street, although the road continues further west as Cotton Avenue Southwest. The easternmost section ends at West Boulevard along Roebuck Municipal Golf Course. First Avenue North is the only east-west Birmingham street to run continuously from Center Street to Roebuck. It is also a two-way street for its entire length, the majority of which is four to five lanes wide.

Between Carraway Boulevard (formerly 26th Street) and 34th Street, 1st Avenue is on a viaduct which runs beside Sloss Furnaces. Between 42nd Street and 44th Street, 1st Avenue is separated from Messer Airport Highway by only a narrow, landscaped median. Messer Airport Highway is not accessible from 1st at this point, the closest links being 41st Street and 45th Place North. Two gas stations at either end of the narrow median use concrete barriers to prevent motorists from cutting through. First Avenue is also a primary street through the Woodlawn neighborhood.

U.S. Highway 11 runs along 1st Avenue from 9th Street in the east to between 86th and 87th Streets in the west. At this point in the west, the road forks, with Highway 11 continuing along Parkway East while 1st Avenue, the lesser route, continues for a block and a half to West Boulevard. U.S. Highway 78 also runs along 1st Avenue between 9th Street and 24th Street.

In addition, 1st Avenue is fully accessible from and to Interstate 59. It is directly accessible from Interstate 20 eastbound and provides direct access to I-20 westbound. It is accessible from the northbound side of the Elton B. Stephens Expressway (Highways 31 and 280). It passes under Interstate 65 without providing any access.

The first electric "thoroughfare lighting" was installed on 1st Avenue North on poles spaced 200 feet apart. The lighting was upgraded with new, taller poles on 100-foot spacings between 32nd and 85th Streets under the city's 1945 contract with the Birmingham Electric Company.

See also

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Notable locations

For an alphabetical list of locations, see the 1st Avenue North category.

Smithfield

Downtown Birmingham

North Avondale

Woodlawn

Woodlawn City Hall at 5523 1st Ave. N.
Krystal Hamburgers at 5544 1st Avenue North

Wahouma/East Lake

Bruno's Super Market at 6512 1st Avene North
1940s view of 1st Avenue North, looking east from 76th Street

North East Lake/South East Lake