Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Five Points South
This neighborhood developed in the 1880s as one of Birmingham's first streetcar suburbs. It was the Town of Highlands from 1887 to 1893, when it became part of the City of Birmingham. The heart of the neighborhood was Five Points Circle, a major streetcar intersection lined with houses and small stores. In the 1920s, the Circle was transformed into one of the state's most distinctive shopping areas, known for its outstanding collection of Spanish Revival and Art Deco buildings. Nearby houses, churches, temples, and apartment buildings also contribute to Five Points' architectural quality and serve as reminders of the prominent citizens who lived in the neighborhood during its first 50 years. On March 16, 1983 the Five Points South Historical District was entered in the National Register of Historic Places.
Erected 1983 by Birmingham Historical Society / Five Points South Neighborhood Association.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Notable BuildingsNotable Places • Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Art Deco series list.
Location. 33° 30.026′ N, 86° 47.766′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection of 20th Street South and 11th Avenue South, on the right when traveling north on 20th Street South. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Birmingham AL 35205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. School of Medicine (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Little Theater Clark Memorial Theatre Virginia Samford Theatre (approx. 0.6 miles away); Before Birmingham: Jones Valley (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mineral Railroad Trestle (approx. 0.6 miles away); Industry (approx. 0.6 miles away); A New City (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Lone Pine Mine (approx. 0.6 miles away); Vulcan Statue (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 29, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,094 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on May 29, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on January 29, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. 7. submitted on October 6, 2013. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.