As work continues to restore and re-imagine the historic Powell Avenue Steam plant, the surrounding Parkside neighborhood and much of downtown Birmingham continues to experience growth and revitalization – much of it revolving around the redevelopment of historic structures.

Here are a few of the most recent restoration highlights:

  • The Lyric Theatre, built in 1914 and closed for decades, re-opened to great fanfare in 2016.
  • The Redmont Hotel, first opened in 1925, has undergone a complete renovation and rebranding.
  • The historic Empire Building, which dates to 1909, has just been restored and transformed into the new Elyton Hotel.
  • The 19-story Thomas Jefferson Hotel, built in 1929 and also closed for decades, is now completely restored as a residential apartment building, along with a fine restaurant and other amenities.
  • The old Pizitz department store, also shuttered for decades, has been reborn as a mixed-use apartment building, workspace and food hall.

Multiple smaller historic structures on the city’s north side, especially along First and Second Avenues North and Morris Avenue, have been restored and re-envisioned as residences, offices, clubs and restaurants.

To learn more about some of the recent restorations, as well as some of the many new construction projects in Birmingham, click here  and here to take virtual ZYP bikeshare tours of the city’s downtown, courtesy of Alabama NewsCenter.