Parliament House’s coming down

01.16.2008 by André Natta · → 23 Comments

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UPDATE: 2.16.2008 – Street closing information

The Parliament House Hotel

Photo credit: Bob Farley/f8photo

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has begun to raze the vacant Parliament House hotel on 20th Street and 5th. Avenue South. The 11-story, 223-room hotel was built in 1964.

Note: Here’s the post that first announced the approval of the demolition of the building, along with a link to a letter about its now sealed fate. ACN

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Earleen
Earleen

I went to work at the PH before construction was completed. Met Joe Willie Namath and shook hands with Gov George Wallace, just a few of the celebrities that passed thru those doors. Lots of great memories will go up in dust on Sunday. Would love to hear from former employees for the years 1964-67.

Earleen
Earleen

I went to work at the PH before construction was completed. Met Joe Willie Namath and shook hands with Gov George Wallace, just a few of the celebrities that passed thru those doors. Lots of great memories will go up in dust on Sunday. Would love to hear from former employees for the years 1964-67.

Andre
Andre

We'll be posting pictures from the implosion on Sunday morning after 8 a.m. We'll let you know when they're up.

Andre Natta
Andre Natta

We'll be posting pictures from the implosion on Sunday morning after 8 a.m. We'll let you know when they're up.

Charles Amos Horn
Charles Amos Horn

I JUST FOUND OUT THE TIME! Streets will be closed off at 6am...implosion is to take place at 7am....

Charles Amos Horn
Charles Amos Horn

I JUST FOUND OUT THE TIME! Streets will be closed off at 6am...implosion is to take place at 7am....

Mulsanne
Mulsanne

Follow up to above: according to Bham Wiki, this is scheduled for the 17th, not this Sunday.

Mulsanne
Mulsanne

Follow up to above: according to Bham Wiki, this is scheduled for the 17th, not this Sunday.

Mulsanne
Mulsanne

I hear that the implosion will be this Sunday, Feb. 10th. I haven't seen that written anywhere and I don't have a time. Anybody else know?

Mulsanne
Mulsanne

I hear that the implosion will be this Sunday, Feb. 10th. I haven't seen that written anywhere and I don't have a time. Anybody else know?

Charles Amos Horn
Charles Amos Horn

Anyone have a time for the demolition? I want to do a facebook event....

Charles Amos Horn
Charles Amos Horn

Anyone have a time for the demolition? I want to do a facebook event....

Daniel Schambeau
Daniel Schambeau

Hey Guys, I've got some inside information on how there going to bring that building down. There going to implode it. Boom boom and its all over.

Daniel Schambeau
Daniel Schambeau

Hey Guys, I've got some inside information on how there going to bring that building down. There going to implode it. Boom boom and its all over.

EJR
EJR

I can't let this pass without remembering the night I spent at the Parliament House in the late 1970s, as a member of the "snow team" tasked with putting out the next day's edition of The Birmingham News. I must have been the only woman in the group, because I remember having a hotel room to myself -- but there were no towels! As news folk do, we enjoyed ourselves that evening in preparation for rising early (in the days of the afternoon editions). Later the next morning, I found one of my colleagues asleep on top of some file cabinets in the News' library. Ah, those were the days -- and the Parliament House was a sad place even then.

EJR
EJR

I can't let this pass without remembering the night I spent at the Parliament House in the late 1970s, as a member of the "snow team" tasked with putting out the next day's edition of The Birmingham News. I must have been the only woman in the group, because I remember having a hotel room to myself -- but there were no towels! As news folk do, we enjoyed ourselves that evening in preparation for rising early (in the days of the afternoon editions). Later the next morning, I found one of my colleagues asleep on top of some file cabinets in the News' library. Ah, those were the days -- and the Parliament House was a sad place even then.

3choBoomer
3choBoomer

It'll be interesting to see how they bring down that 11 story building with backhoes.....

3choBoomer
3choBoomer

It'll be interesting to see how they bring down that 11 story building with backhoes.....

Dystopos
Dystopos

Expect a landscaped parking lot for the short term, as UAB has no specific plans for the site.

Dystopos
Dystopos

Expect a landscaped parking lot for the short term, as UAB has no specific plans for the site.

Jarrod
Jarrod

terdlick I love this building! If I were in town I'd chain myself to the overgrown stairwell. perhaps UAB'll put something stong in place of it.

Jarrod
Jarrod

terdlick I love this building! If I were in town I'd chain myself to the overgrown stairwell. perhaps UAB'll put something stong in place of it.

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