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The AmSouth-Sonat Tower is a 390 foot tall, 30 story office tower located at 1960 5th Avenue North, at the northwest corner of 20th Street North. It serves as corporate headquarters for the AmSouth Bancorporation.

Completed in 1972, the modernist-style skyscraper was designed by Welton Becket & Associates of Houston with Charles H. McCauley Associates serving as the local associated firm. Built as a partnership between First National Bank and Southern Natural Gas, its original names was the First National-Southern Natural Building. First National changed its name to AmSouth Bancorporation in 1972 and the building was then given its most familiar name.

The reflective glass skin stretches between a generously-scaled black granite base story and a louvered steel penthouse enclosure. The building is set back from the corner with a raised terrace plaza. A one story banking lobby facing 20th Street closes off the north side of a sunken courtyard which serves the basement-level cafeteria.

During the Christmas season colored gels are illuminated in each panel of the glass curtain wall, creating an enormous lit graphical display visible on the skyline from well outside the city. The east side is a Christmas tree, the south a wreath, the west a candy cane, and the north a stocking.

Sonat moved its corporate headquarters from the tower to Houston in 1999. The official name of the building is now the AmSouth Center

Reference

  • Bowsher, Alice Meriwether. (Winter 2006) "When Less Was More: Alabama's Classic Modern Architecture." Alabama Heritage. No. 79