“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

The Tutwiler-Ridgely Rebirth

The Tutwiler-Ridgely Rebirth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Pat Filippone, September 27, 2016
1. The Tutwiler-Ridgely Rebirth Marker
Inscription. In the early 1970's, Birmingham, like many other cities, viewed the improved health of its downtown as best represented in new construction and high-rise office buildings. Thus, the Tutwiler again made history in 1974, when it was one of the first major buildings in the country to be razed by "implosion," making room for the First Alabama Bank Building. A few blocks away the eight-story Ridgely Apartments, at 21st Street and 6th Avenue, was financed and owned by Major Tutwiler and completed in April 1914. The Ridgely operated as a luxury apartment building and in 1985 was 72 years old. Like many other fine buildings of its era, it had lost its utility as an apartment building. The Ridgely-Tutwiler rebirth was initiated by the great-grandson of Major Tutwiler, Temple Tutwiler III, who in early 1985 advanced the idea of the transformation to a hotel also named The Tutwiler. The original apartments yielded 148 spacious guest rooms, with 13 different room layouts per floor. Thus, the Tutwiler legacy continues today "better than ever!"
Erected by Jefferson County Historical Association.
Location. 33° 31.215′ N, 86° 48.508′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Park Place and 20th Street North, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2021 Park Place, Birmingham AL 35203, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Birmingham Public Library / The Linn - Henley Research Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Jefferson County Courthouses (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Temple Wilson Tutwiler, II / Tutwiler Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Clark Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil Rights Freedom Riders (approx. mile away); Jefferson County Courthouse Site (approx. mile away); Title Building (approx. mile away); Concord Center (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Birmingham.
Categories. Notable Buildings
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Pat Filippone of Stockton, California. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 11 times this year. Last updated on , by Byron Hooks of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photo   1. submitted on , by Pat Filippone of Stockton, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on November 3, 2016.
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