If you love being in the middle of all the action in Birmingham, there’s no better place to live one of downtown’s many lofts. Can’t wait for Mercantile on Morris or The New Ideal to be completed? Check out one of these five iconic lofts in downtown Birmingham.
First–What is a Loft?
If you already know, feel free to skip ahead. But for those of us who aren’t sure what defines a loft, here’s the definition. A loft apartment is generally an open space without any internal walls (except for the bathroom!). Many modern lofts buildings were originally commercial or industrial buildings–something that Birmingham has in abundance.
Loft Apartments and Condos
The Thomas Lofts
Since this building dates back to 1905, it combines all the comforts of modern living with the charm of historic architecture. Originally, The Thomas was the home for the W. S. Brown Mercantile Company, a local dry goods and grocery store.
In 2017, local architect Louis Nequette transformed the building into a gorgeous downtown loft. Residents have quick access to Birmingham’s hot spots, such as El Barrio, Bamboo on 2nd and The Collins Bar. With only nine units in the entire building, each loft offers more than enough living space.
The Denham Building
Built in 1927, this building started off as a warehouse for local merchants and manufacturers. Now, dreamy white walls, natural light and wide-open spaces show off The Denham Building‘s strengths.
In addition to other restaurants and retail shops coming to The Denham, Atlanta-based Monday Night Brewing will be opening their first Alabama location just next door.
- Location: 1143 1st Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233
- Contact: 205.531.0646 | Website | Facebook | Instagram
Once the flagship of the local Pizitz department store, The Pizitz is a gorgeous eight-story building that has since become foodie-central in Birmingham. In addition to their award-winning food hall, The Pizitz offers some of downtown Birmingham’s most gorgeous lofts.
Although this 111-year-old building used to be home to the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, it was converted into an apartment building in 2003. In addition to the 59 apartments, the Jemison Flats offers a fitness center, office space and a 200-car parking garage.
Recently, the flats were purchased by Southport Financial Services, a multifamily housing developer based in Tampa, Florida. Southport plans to upgrade amenities and foster a unique community among the residents.
Thomas Jefferson Tower
Originally built in 1929 as the Thomas Jefferson Hotel, this building hosted some of Birmingham’s most famous guests. Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover, Ray Charles and even Paul Bear Bryant spent a night or two in this historic tower. Now, this iconic tower has been transformed into 96 welcoming one-and-two-bedroom apartments. In fact, Bham Now’s resident Brit, Jon Eastwood, used to live in the Thomas Jefferson Tower.