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[[Image:Windham.jpg|right|thumb|450px|Windham Building from the southwest]]
 
[[Image:Windham.jpg|right|thumb|450px|Windham Building from the southwest]]
The '''Windham Building''' located at 528 [[8th Avenue North]] is located in the [[Smithfield]] neighborhood of the [[Smithfield]] community. Built in [[1912]], this two-story edifice is the oldest commercial building within the [[Smithfield Historic District]]. Constructed by [[Windham Construction]] and designed by [[Wallace Rayfield]], Windham’s corporate offices moved here in [[1917]] and remained within the building until [[1966]]. After Windham vacated the building, it was utilized by multiple small businesses.
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The '''Windham Building''' located at 528 [[Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard]] (formerly [[8th Avenue North]]) is located in the [[Smithfield]] neighborhood of the [[Smithfield]] community. Built in [[1912]], this two-story edifice is the oldest commercial building within the [[Smithfield Historic District]]. Constructed by [[Windham Construction]] and designed by [[Wallace Rayfield]], Windham’s corporate offices moved here in [[1917]] and remained within the building until [[1966]]. After Windham vacated the building, it was utilized by multiple small businesses.
  
 
[[Kamau Afrika]] purchased the building in [[1983]] and has done some work to stabilize it, however it remains vacant and subject to deterioration. Afrika would like to market the building as a minority business incubator. [[Bodile Nu Arts]] has proposed to rehabilitate it as a cultural arts center. The Alabama Historical Commission included it on its 2011 "Places in Peril" list.
 
[[Kamau Afrika]] purchased the building in [[1983]] and has done some work to stabilize it, however it remains vacant and subject to deterioration. Afrika would like to market the building as a minority business incubator. [[Bodile Nu Arts]] has proposed to rehabilitate it as a cultural arts center. The Alabama Historical Commission included it on its 2011 "Places in Peril" list.

Latest revision as of 14:38, 17 December 2020

Windham Building from the southwest

The Windham Building located at 528 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard (formerly 8th Avenue North) is located in the Smithfield neighborhood of the Smithfield community. Built in 1912, this two-story edifice is the oldest commercial building within the Smithfield Historic District. Constructed by Windham Construction and designed by Wallace Rayfield, Windham’s corporate offices moved here in 1917 and remained within the building until 1966. After Windham vacated the building, it was utilized by multiple small businesses.

Kamau Afrika purchased the building in 1983 and has done some work to stabilize it, however it remains vacant and subject to deterioration. Afrika would like to market the building as a minority business incubator. Bodile Nu Arts has proposed to rehabilitate it as a cultural arts center. The Alabama Historical Commission included it on its 2011 "Places in Peril" list.

References

  • Curtis, Nancy C. (1996) Black Heritage Sites: The South. New York City: The New Press, p. 38. ISBN 1565844335
  • Bryant, Joseph D. (June 4, 2011) "Groups hope to save 2 historic Birmingham buildings." The Birmingham News

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