“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)

Concord Center

Time Capsule

Concord Center Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, July 3, 2009
1. Concord Center Marker
Inscription.  To Be Opened March 1, 2022
Dedicated at the construction completion March 1, 2002
Project Team
Owners - BLH Group, LLC
Brookmont Investors II, LLC
Spire Holdings, LLC
Developer - Brookmont Realty Group, LLC
General Contractor - B.L. Harbert International, LLC
Architect - Williams-Blackstock Architects, P.C.
Concord Center stands on the site of Birmingham's first County Courthouse, constructed in 1875. The growth of a bustling town demanded the construction of a new Jefferson County Courthouse by 1888. Built on the same site, this second courthouse was Birmingham's first high-rise building, and the largest and most architecturally distinctive building constructed in the city for many years. The courthouse was designed in the Richardsonian - Romanesque style, featuring two square towers capped with pyramidal roofs that framed a central clock tower, as pictured in the historical photograph.
The courthouse was razed in 1937 to encourage redevelopment, and the site remained a parking lot until the groundbreaking of Concord Center in June 2000. The distinctive architectural design
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of Concord Center, reminiscent of the historic courthouse, restores this historical site as a major landmark in the City. Concord Center was made possible through the concordance of the City of Birmingham, the YMCA, the building owners, and the developer.
Erected 2002 by BLH Group, LLC.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsNotable BuildingsNotable Places. In addition, it is included in the Time Capsules series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 1, 1894.
Location. 33° 31.032′ N, 86° 48.336′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker can be reached from 3rd Avenue North near Richard Arrington Jr, Blvd North. This marker is mounted on a outside column on the southwest corner of the building facing toward inside of the corner plaza. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2100 3rd Avenue North, Birmingham AL 35203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jefferson County Courthouse Site (a few steps from this marker); Title Building (within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dewberry Drugs and Phenix Insurance Company Buildings (about 500 feet away); The Berry Project
The Concord Center image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Carr, July 3, 2009
2. The Concord Center
The site of two Jefferson County Courthouses.
(about 600 feet away); Clark Building (about 700 feet away); Temple Wilson Tutwiler, II / Tutwiler Hotel (about 800 feet away); Steiner Bank Building (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
Old Jefferson County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Birmingham Public Library Archives, unknown
3. Old Jefferson County Courthouse
"Birmingham became the Jefferson County seat in 1873, and its first courthouse was a two-story brick structure that was expanded to three stories in the late 1880s."
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 30, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,504 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 30, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   3. submitted on September 21, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Dec. 3, 2023