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*** 1814-1818: former 6-story [[Bell Building]] (1907-1970), housing the [[Southern Bell|Southern Bell Telephone & Telegraph Co.]] offices (1907-1922), [[Carleton's Furs]] (1964)
 
*** 1814-1818: former 6-story [[Bell Building]] (1907-1970), housing the [[Southern Bell|Southern Bell Telephone & Telegraph Co.]] offices (1907-1922), [[Carleton's Furs]] (1964)
 
**** 1814: former location of [[Commercial Abstract Co.]] / ''[[The Birmingham Herald]]'' / ''[[Southern Iron Worker]]'' / [[Lightfoot & Co.]] real estate (1887), hardware & tin shop (1891). [[Southern Bell|Southern Bell Telephone & Telegraph Co.]] (1904)
 
**** 1814: former location of [[Commercial Abstract Co.]] / ''[[The Birmingham Herald]]'' / ''[[Southern Iron Worker]]'' / [[Lightfoot & Co.]] real estate (1887), hardware & tin shop (1891). [[Southern Bell|Southern Bell Telephone & Telegraph Co.]] (1904)
**** 1816-1818: [[Burnett Building]], former location of [[Cable Hall]], [[Stowers Furniture Co.]] (1904), [[Birmingham Conservatory of Music]] (1912-1922), [[Theosophical Society]] (1922), [[Cable-Shelby-Burton Piano Co.]] (1912-1925)
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**** 1816-1818: former location of [[Stowers Furniture Co.]] (1904), [[Burnett Building]] (built 1912), [[Cable Hall]], [[Birmingham Conservatory of Music]] (1912-1922), [[Alabama Equal Suffrage Association]] (1913–1919), [[Theosophical Society]] (1922),
***** 1816: former location of [[R. D. Burnett Cigar Co.]] (1922), [[L. F. M. Store]] (1929), [[McKelveny-Coats Furniture Co.]], (1931), [[Loveman's Annex]] (1964)
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***** 1816: former location of [[R. D. Burnett Cigar Co.]] (1912–1922), [[L. F. M. Store]] (1929), [[McKelveny-Coats Furniture Co.]], (1931), [[Loveman's Annex]] (1964)
***** 1818: former location of [[W. D. Colby Decorating Co.]], [[Alabama Equal Suffrage Association]] (1913–1919)
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***** 1818: former location of [[Cable-Shelby-Burton Piano Co.]] (1912–1925), [[W. D. Colby Decorating Co.]]
 
** 1820–1830: [[McWane Science Center]] IMAX Dome Theater (built 1998)
 
** 1820–1830: [[McWane Science Center]] IMAX Dome Theater (built 1998)
*** 1820: former location of [[Harwell & Green]] (1887), coal office (1891), [[G. R. Currey]] / [[Hood & Winston]] (1904), [[Peoples Cafe]] ([[Jim Gatoras]] 1910–1911), [[Adams Birmingham Thrift Store]] (1929), [[Calder Furniture Co.]] (1964)
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*** 1820: former location of [[Harwell & Green]] (1887), coal office (1891), [[G. R. Currey]] / [[Hood & Winston]] (1904), [[Peoples Cafe]] ([[Jim Gatoras]] 1910–1913), [[Adams Birmingham Thrift Store]] (1929), [[Calder Furniture Co.]] (1964)
*** 1822: former location of [[Lockwood & Miller]] undertakers (1887–1891), [[Simmonds Tailoring Co.]] / [[Hagood-Anderson Co.]] (1904), [[Burdick Billiard Academy]] (1922)
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*** 1822: former location of [[Lockwood & Miller]] undertakers (1887–1891), [[Simmonds Tailoring Co.]] / [[Hagood-Anderson Co.]] (1904), [[Florence Billiard Hall]] (1913), [[Burdick Billiard Academy]] (1922)
**** 1822½: former location of [[Battle Creek Treatment Rooms]] / [[C. E. Graham]] news stand (1922)
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**** 1822½: former location of [[Gus Niarhos]] (1913), [[Battle Creek Treatment Rooms]] / [[C. E. Graham]] news stand (1922)
 
*** 1824-1830: former site of [[Florence Hotel]] (1885-1916), [[1916 Louis Saks building]] ([[Louis Saks Clothiers]] (1916-1920s), [[Melancon's]] (1920s-1936) and [[Newberry's]] (1936-1995)
 
*** 1824-1830: former site of [[Florence Hotel]] (1885-1916), [[1916 Louis Saks building]] ([[Louis Saks Clothiers]] (1916-1920s), [[Melancon's]] (1920s-1936) and [[Newberry's]] (1936-1995)
 
**** 1824–1826: former location of [[William Wise & Co.]] saloon (1902–1904)
 
**** 1824–1826: former location of [[William Wise & Co.]] saloon (1902–1904)
 
***** 1824: former location of saloon (1891), [[Kampanis]] / [[Harry Tambakis]] (1907), [[R. M. Mingea]] tailor (1910), [[The Film Shop]] (1964)
 
***** 1824: former location of saloon (1891), [[Kampanis]] / [[Harry Tambakis]] (1907), [[R. M. Mingea]] tailor (1910), [[The Film Shop]] (1964)
***** 1826: former location of [[G. W. Hutchins]] barber shop (1888-1891), [[Florence Liquor Store]] (1902)
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***** 1826: former location of [[G. W. Hutchins]] barber shop (1888-1891), [[Florence Liquor Store]] (1902), [[Campbell & Klotman]] (1913)
 
*** 1828: former location of hotel entrance (1885-1916)
 
*** 1828: former location of hotel entrance (1885-1916)
*** 1830: former location of jewelry shop (1891)
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*** 1830: former location of jewelry shop (1891), [[Marble Barber Shop]] (1913)
*** 1832: former location of [[R. D. Burnett Cigar Co.]] (1904)
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*** 1832: former location of [[R. D. Burnett Cigar Co.]] (1904), [[Florence Cigar Store]] (1913)
 
*** 1846: former [[Southern Bell|Southern Bell Telephone & Telegraph Co.]] office (1907-1912)
 
*** 1846: former [[Southern Bell|Southern Bell Telephone & Telegraph Co.]] office (1907-1912)
  
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** 1801-1813: [[New Ideal building]], former location of [[New Ideal]] department store (1941-1990), [[A & M Millinery]] / [[Aland's]] (1964)
 
** 1801-1813: [[New Ideal building]], former location of [[New Ideal]] department store (1941-1990), [[A & M Millinery]] / [[Aland's]] (1964)
 
*** 1801-1803: former location of [[Herman Saks & Sons]] department store (1925-1929), [[Sears, Roebuck & Co.]] department store (1931-1939)
 
*** 1801-1803: former location of [[Herman Saks & Sons]] department store (1925-1929), [[Sears, Roebuck & Co.]] department store (1931-1939)
**** 1801: former location of [[Birmingham Gas Company]] (1891), [[C. A. Dorsey]] / [[Eagle Saloon]] (1904), [[Newmon & Co.]] meats (1922)  
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**** 1801: former location of [[Birmingham Gas Company]] (1891), [[C. A. Dorsey]] / [[Eagle Saloon]] (1904), [[William Scheile]] (1913), [[Newmon & Co.]] meats (1922)  
***** 1801½: former location of [[C. T. Drennen]] physician (1892), [[Empire Loan Co.]] / [[Ball Loan Co.]] / [[Ehler's]] news stand (1922)
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***** 1801½: former location of [[C. T. Drennen]] physician (1892), [[Empire Loan Co.]] (1913–1922), [[Ball Loan Co.]] / [[Ehler's]] news stand (1922)
 
**** 1803: former location of plumbing (1891), [[Post Office Cafe]] (1904), [[Birmingham Leather Co.]] (1910-1922), [[Blinn Est. Imp. Co.]] (1929)
 
**** 1803: former location of plumbing (1891), [[Post Office Cafe]] (1904), [[Birmingham Leather Co.]] (1910-1922), [[Blinn Est. Imp. Co.]] (1929)
*** 1805-1807: former location of [[Excelsior Laundry Building]] (renamed 1902)
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*** 1805-1807: former location of [[Excelsior Laundry Building]] (renamed 1902), [[Excelsior Laundry]] (1891–1922)
**** 1805: former location of "electric light office" (1891), [[City Paper Co.]] / ''[[Birmingham Courier]] (1904)
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**** 1805: former location of "electric light office" (1891), [[City Paper Co.]] / ''[[Birmingham Courier]] (1904), [[Lennox Realty Co.]] / [[Blinn Estate Improvement Co.]] / [[Metropolitan Realty Co.]] / [[Onita Realty Co.]] (1913)
**** 1807: former location of [[Excelsior Laundry]] (1891–1922), [[Apollo Billiard Hall]] (1911)
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*** 1809-1813: former location of [[New Ideal]] department store (1935-1990), [[Betty Gay Shop]] (1964)
 
*** 1809-1813: former location of [[New Ideal]] department store (1935-1990), [[Betty Gay Shop]] (1964)
 
**** 1809-1811: former location of vacant stores (1891), [[Climax Bar]], [[McLelland]] or [[McLellan Store]] (1929)
 
**** 1809-1811: former location of vacant stores (1891), [[Climax Bar]], [[McLelland]] or [[McLellan Store]] (1929)
***** 1809: former location of [[Seals Piano & Organ Co.]] (1904), [[National Good Roads Campaign]] headquarters (1911), [[Saizis & Caravella]] pool hall, [[Little Gem Cafe]] (1922)
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***** 1809: former location of [[Seals Piano & Organ Co.]] (1904), [[National Good Roads Campaign]] headquarters (1911), [[Yeargin & Dunker]] (1913), [[Saizis & Caravella]] pool hall, [[Little Gem Cafe]] (1922)
****** 1809½: former location of [[Cosmopolitan Club]] (1922)
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****** 1809½: former location of [[James Gianoudes]] (1913), [[Cosmopolitan Club]] (1922)
***** 1811: former location of [[William Reckling]] harnesses (1908–1911), [[Guaranty Leather Co.]] / [[Frederick Romei]] shoemaker (1922)
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***** 1811: former location of [[William Reckling]] harnesses (1908–1913), [[W. W. Smith]] (1913), [[Guaranty Leather Co.]] / [[Frederick Romei]] shoemaker (1922)
**** 1813: former location of furniture store (1891), ''[[Birmingham Age-Herald]]'' (1904), [[Durham Woolen Mills]] (1922) [[Tennessee Distilling Company]], [[Goold Shop]] and [[The Style Shop]] (closed 1943)
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**** 1813: former location of furniture store (1891), ''[[Birmingham Age-Herald]]'' (1904), [[Tennessee Distilling Co.]] (1913), [[Durham Woolen Mills]] (1922) [[Tennessee Distilling Company]], [[Goold Shop]] and [[The Style Shop]] (closed 1943)
 
***** 1813½: former location of [[W. W. Gammon]] show cards (1922)
 
***** 1813½: former location of [[W. W. Gammon]] show cards (1922)
 
** 1815-1831: [[Pizitz Building]] (built 1923), former home of the [[Pizitz|Louis Pizitz Dry Goods Company]]
 
** 1815-1831: [[Pizitz Building]] (built 1923), former home of the [[Pizitz|Louis Pizitz Dry Goods Company]]
 
*** 1815-1817: former location of [[The Apollo]] bowling alley (1909), [[Bonnet Box]] (1934)
 
*** 1815-1817: former location of [[The Apollo]] bowling alley (1909), [[Bonnet Box]] (1934)
**** 1815: former location of ''[[Birmingham Iron Age]]'' publishers (1881-1888), ''[[Birmingham Age-Herald]]'' office & printing press (1891), [[Rickman & Holt]] (1904), [[I. S. Engel]] general merchandise (1922), [[The Busy Bee Store]] (1929)
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**** 1815: former location of ''[[Birmingham Iron Age]]'' publishers (1881-1888), ''[[Birmingham Age-Herald]]'' office & printing press (1891), [[Rickman & Holt]] (1904), [[Apollo Billiard Hall]] / [[Apollo Billiard Supply Co.]] (1911–1913), [[I. S. Engel]] general merchandise (1922), [[The Busy Bee Store]] (1929)
 
***** 1815½: former location of [[W. J. Schwantes]] paper hanger (1922)
 
***** 1815½: former location of [[W. J. Schwantes]] paper hanger (1922)
**** 1817: former location of grocery store / boarding rooms (1891), [[P. F. Goss]] saloon (1904), [[W. F. Fidger]] restaurant (1910), [[Saratoga Exchange Saloon]] (1904)
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**** 1817: former location of grocery store / boarding rooms (1891), [[P. F. Goss]] saloon (1904), [[W. F. Fidger]] restaurant (1910), [[Haynes & Co.]] (1913), [[Saratoga Exchange Saloon]] (1904)
 
***** 1817½: former location of blacksmith shop (1891)
 
***** 1817½: former location of blacksmith shop (1891)
 
*** 1819–1821: former location of [[Empire Laundry]] (1904–1922)
 
*** 1819–1821: former location of [[Empire Laundry]] (1904–1922)
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*** 1823: former location of [[A. B. Greene & Co.]] / [[Clark, Guild & Co.]] / [[E.R. Hall]] printer / [[George P. Herndon & Co.]] & [[John V. Sparks]] real estate (1887), plumber (1891), [[Johnston & Walter Paint Co.]] (1904), [[Rankin-Tuck Paint Co.]] (1905)
 
*** 1823: former location of [[A. B. Greene & Co.]] / [[Clark, Guild & Co.]] / [[E.R. Hall]] printer / [[George P. Herndon & Co.]] & [[John V. Sparks]] real estate (1887), plumber (1891), [[Johnston & Walter Paint Co.]] (1904), [[Rankin-Tuck Paint Co.]] (1905)
 
**** 1823½: former location of [[James P. Withrow]] surveyor (1887)
 
**** 1823½: former location of [[James P. Withrow]] surveyor (1887)
*** 1825: former location of tailor (1891)
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*** 1825: former location of tailor (1891), [[Durham Woolen Mills]] (1913)
 
*** 1827-1831: former location of [[Allen, Carlisle & Taylor]] insurance (1887)
 
*** 1827-1831: former location of [[Allen, Carlisle & Taylor]] insurance (1887)
 
**** 1827: former location of office (1891)
 
**** 1827: former location of office (1891)

Revision as of 10:55, 25 October 2020

1900 block of 2nd Avenue North in 2006. The Old Kress Building is prominent.

2nd Avenue North (Downtown) is the section of 2nd Avenue North running through downtown Birmingham's Fountain Heights and Central City neighborhoods, between I-65 and 26th Streets.

In the downtown area, 2nd Avenue North has an 80-foot right of way. It is a one-way street which carries three lanes of westbound traffic, with parallel parking at each curb.

The area surrounding 2nd and 3rd Avenue North near the Alabama and Lyric Theatres is considered the heart of Birmingham's Theater District. The section between 22nd and 25th Streets is part of the City Center Loft District, utilized for the annual ArtWalk festival.

The section of 2nd Avenue between 20th and 24th Street is part of the Downtown Birmingham Historic District. Until the mid-1980s, Red Mountain Expressway terminated at the 2nd Avenue North offramp. During that decade rows of Gingko trees were installed along 2nd Avenue as part of the city's urban tree planting project, guided by Nimrod Long & Associates. In general, female trees were planted on the north side of the street and males on the south side.

Locations

For an alphabetical list of locations, see the 2nd Avenue North (Downtown) category.
Dates in parentheses indicate when the address was known to have been used, not necessarily the entire span of its use.

2nd Avenue North continues west through Smithfield to Center Street, continuing as Tuscaloosa Avenue Southwest

Fountain Heights neighborhood

11th Street North

12th Street North

13th Street North

14th Street North

15th Street North

16th Street North

The Thomas Jefferson Hotel

17th Street North

1700 block of 2nd Avenue North with the Ritz Theater, c. 1950s

18th Street North

The Bell Building at 1814 2nd Avenue North in January 1912

Central City neighborhood

19th Street North

Hudgins' fountain in 1886
Rosenberger's Birmingham Trunk Factory in 1939

20th Street North

BPA Deck No. 6 on 2nd Avenue North

21st Street North

The Zinszer Building at 2115-2119 2nd Avenue North

22nd Street North

23rd Street North

24th Street North

25th Street North

Carraway Boulevard (26th Street North)

References