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Gotta know the history first...

This was almost humorous, but interesting nonetheless. We walked over the large medallion by... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2018
ReddogTechmom
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Houston, Texas
Way Overrated!

Way Overrated!! Was great in 1930 thru 1950 a mere intersection !! As a Birmingham Fan, I would... read more

Reviewed 3 August 2016
james s
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Intersection of 20th Street and 1st Avenue North, Birmingham, AL
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Reviewed 18 August 2018

This was almost humorous, but interesting nonetheless. We walked over the large medallion by accident as we were scoping out restaurants for brunch. From the reading of the inscription in the sidewalk (yes, it's just a large circle in the cement with a cursory description)...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank ReddogTechmom
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Do you know the three things that had to be invented or discovered in order to construct buildings taller than about 5 stories? All 3 came about around the early 1900s, resulting in a corner of Birmingham's first skyscrapers that have preserved a taste of...More

Date of experience: January 2018
3  Thank WorldTripperTexan
Reviewed 13 August 2017

I've driven through this intersection several times but only now read about it on Trip Advisor. Really? As the other reviewers state, there may have been four banks here in the past, but it's not anything spectacular to see today.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank kilr0ywashere
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Just a bucket list stop nothing really big of a deal not that too exciting. It's worth a stop if you need to get gas so trying to catch some food somewhere around there

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Jstinger
Reviewed 3 August 2016

Way Overrated!! Was great in 1930 thru 1950 a mere intersection !! As a Birmingham Fan, I would not list this intersection as of interest ??

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank james s
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Nothing there. Boring. Just a bunch of old buildings that are not even that impressive. Skip this unless you just happen to be walking by.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Jamie E
Reviewed 18 March 2016

There were four banks at one time on this corner of Birmingham so it was considered the heaviest corner. Supposedly, on earth, not so sure about that. But now the banks are long gone, although the buildings are there. There are many homeless at times...More

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank DM_1278
Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

Because of an interest in the old Birmingham banks, we gravitated to this area of Birmingham to view the former First National Bank of Birmingham, American-Traders National Bank of Birmingham, and other historic financial buildings. The area is a bit run-down, although a number of...More

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank helgah248
Reviewed 27 September 2015

Great place to swing by if you are in downtown Birmingham. A lot of history here and there is a lot of renovation going on in the area as well. Beautiful buildings and architecture and a historical place for Birmingham. I would recommend looking up...More

Date of experience: July 2015
2  Thank Anderson H
Reviewed 8 September 2015 via mobile

To be down town amongst these huge pieces of architectural triumphs is a great feeling. You look up and you feel like the size of an ant. This is really a marvel to look up and just imagine all the hard work to build this...More

Date of experience: September 2015
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