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On Wednesday, July 1st, the newly-renovated Iron Age Building in downtown Birmingham officially opened its doors. So, we took a tour of the new space—here’s what we saw!
One of Birmingham’s Last Cast-Iron Facades
One of the most eye-catching features of the Iron Age Building is its massive 16-foot-tall windows. Wondering how they pulled that off when the building was constructed in 1886? The architectural feat is made possible by the building’s solid cast iron facade—one of the last two in Birmingham (the other one is the Zinszer Building on 2nd Avenue North).
The three-story, High Victorian Italianate-style building was built in 1886 as the headquarters for the Weekly Iron Age, a local newspaper that would eventually merge with the Daily Herald to form the Birmingham Age-Herald. Over the years, the building was home to drug stores, cafes, retail shops and more—but by the mid-90s, the building was vacant.
Learn more about the history of the Iron Age Building on Bhamwiki.com.
Enter the Iron Age Project
In 2016, Harsha Hatti, CEO of CoreLinQ Innovations, purchased the Iron Age Building in order to continue his renovation of the corner, dubbed the Iron Age Project. Previously, Hatti purchased the buildings at 214-216 and 218 20th Street North next door. Now, the project is almost complete—and the new tenants couldn’t be happier.
A Hub for Innovation
The interior is simply beautiful. Exposed brick, high ceilings and glass walls give each room a sleek, modern feel while paying homage to the building’s historic roots.
The building already has a team of A+ tenants, ranging from award-winning restaurants to creative branding agencies:
Take a Virtual Tour
Not ready to venture out and see the Iron Age just yet? Don’t worry—Bham Now videographer Matthew Niblett put together an incredible video to show you what it’s like inside the Iron Age. Check it out!