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Dewberry Drugs and Phenix Insurance Company Buildings

 
 
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By Tim & Renda Carr, April 11, 2010
1. Dewberry Drugs and Phenix Insurance Company Buildings Marker
Inscription. The two commercial buildings on this corner lot are some of the earliest surviving business houses in Birmingham. The Dewberry building appeared on the corner about 1881, and it housed the first and longest surviving drug store in the city, starting as Godden & Lide, and becoming Dewberry around 1900. After Dewberry left the building in about 1995, it remained vacant until its rehabilitation as a law office in 2003.

The Phenix Insurance Company building was built somewhat later, about 1884, and was originally the insurance offices of Wilson & Ingram, an antecedent of the W. B. Leedy real estate and insurance business. In the 1890s the building was occupied by the Phenix Insurance Company, which remodeled the fašade to the appearance it has maintained to the present time, with its bas relief insignia in the upper face. From 1946 until about 2001, the building was the home of Rex Shoe Repair.

Vacant and deteriorating for some years, these buildings were acquired in 2002 by John Lauriello and Julie Gieger of Southpace Properties, Inc., a company which has been instrumental in the continuing revitalization of downtown Birmingham. They were involved in the early development of the property until the purchase by law partners Jason A. Stuckey and Ike Gulas who paying careful attention to historical detail, redeveloped the
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By Tim & Renda Carr, April 11, 2010
2. Dewberry Drugs and Phenix Insurance Company Buildings Marker
properties to house their law firm. The architectural firm for the project was Cohen & Company and the contractor was the Bradford Building Company.

The buildings are contributing properties in the Downtown Birmingham Historic District, added to the National Register of Historic Places in February, 1982. The new owners confirm a commitment to downtown Birmingham by their rehabilitation of these historic structures, and they invite the regard and pleasure of the public passing by.
 
Location. 33° 30.949′ N, 86° 48.295′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North and 2nd Avenue North, on the left when traveling north on Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Birmingham AL 35203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Berry Project (within shouting distance of this marker); Concord Center (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Heaviest Corner On Earth (about 600 feet away); Title Building (about 600 feet away); Jefferson County Courthouse Site (about 600 feet away); Morris Avenue Historic District / Elyton Land Company (Successor, Birmingham Realty Co.)
Dewberry Drugs Building (Corner Building) image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, April 11, 2010
3. Dewberry Drugs Building (Corner Building)
(about 700 feet away); The Rainbow Viaduct (approx. 0.2 miles away); S. H. Kress Five-And-Ten Cent Store (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Birmingham.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
Phenix Insurance Company Building (Located behind the Dewberry Building) image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, April 11, 2010
4. Phenix Insurance Company Building (Located behind the Dewberry Building)
Phenix Insurance Company Logo image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, April 11, 2010
5. Phenix Insurance Company Logo
Dewberry Drugs and Phenix Insurance Company Buildings image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, April 11, 2010
6. Dewberry Drugs and Phenix Insurance Company Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 927 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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