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This is what once stood at 1st Avenue and 19th street in Birmingham [vintage pictures & film]

A parking deck at 1st Avenue and 19th street now stands on the site of where the magnificent Morris Hotel stood. The Morris Hotel and Morris Avenue in Birmingham, Alabama are named for one of the city’s founders, Josiah Morris.

Morris Hotel ca. 1900 (Birmingham Public Library)

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Second to no business house in the whole South

Morris hired architect Eduoard Sidel to build an office building “second to no business house in the whole South in architectural finish and completeness in design.” Construction started in 1888 and after solving some problems with the foundation, the Birmingham Trust & Savings Company moved into the building where they remained until 1901. Two circular balconies extended out over 19th Street, and a 2000-piece Belgian glass skylight enhanced its beautiful design.

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Morris Hotel ca. 1910 (Birmingham Public Library)

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When a fire destroyed the first hotel in Birmingham, the Caldwell Hotel, in the summer of 1894, Morris converted the top floors of the Morris Building to hotel rooms. Two circular balconies extended out over 19th Street, and a 2000-piece Belgian glass skylight added to its beautiful design.

Morris Hotel ca. 1908 (Birmingham Public Library)

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Later the building was leased by C. H. Nabb and converted entirely into a hotel. The 2185 square-foot dining room, the El Dorado, was the known as the finest in the South.

Morris Hotel ca. 1947 with a 7Up sign at the top (Birmingham Public Library)Morris_Hotel_exterior_with_7Up_sign ca. 1947

The hotel was demolished in the 1960s and a parking deck is on the site.

Biographies of Notable and Not-so-Notable Alabama Pioneers Vol. III  see names of biographies by clicking on the link

The biographies of the Alabamians in this book come from many sources. A good deal of the information comes from source books written when the subjects were still living. Additional information and/or documentation on any of the subjects have been included at the end of each biography. Check out all Alabama Pioneers Biography books.

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble. She has authored numerous genealogy books. RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE) is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2) is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series) Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1) is the continuation of the story. . For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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