Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Birmingham Photo of the Day (62): Enslen Building

Eugene F. Enslen, Jr. [1858-1941] was a Birmingham banker, real estate developer and elected official. This three story office building on 21st Street North had some other uses as well before being demolished in 1913. The Ridgely Apartments were constructed on the site; today that building is the Tutwiler Hotel.

In 1890 the Birmingham High School began operating in the building; previously classes had been held since 1883 in rented quarters nearby. In 1906 a high school building was finally constructed on 7th Avenue South. The reorganized Birmingham Public Library also operated in the building from 1891 until moving into the new city hall in 1903.  

A hotel operated in the Enslen building in its final years.

Source: Birmingham Public Library Digital Collections

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