Historic Massey Building up for $8M renovation in downtown Birmingham

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The Massey Building in downtown Birmingham. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

The Massey Building, a historic building in downtown Birmingham, is up for renovation. According to the Birmingham Business Journal, Jamie Justice—managing partner of Colliers International Alabama—plans to invest $8M into renovating the 10-story, 60,000-square-foot building. Keep reading to learn what’s in store for the Massey Building!

About the Massey Building

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The east side of the Massey Building. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Located on the corner of Third Avenue North and Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North, the building is named after its original owner, Richard Massey, a developer in early 20th-century Birmingham.

Fun fact: Richard Massey’s daughter—Eleanor Massey Bridges—was the original owner of Homewood’s beloved “Pink House“.

According to BhamWiki, Richard Massey commissioned Birmingham architect William Leslie Welton to design the building in 1925. Welton’s design drew inspiration from Moorish architecture in Spain, and the name of the building is prominently displayed on the north and east sides.

An $8M Renovation

As reported by the Birmingham Business Journal, the Massey Building is up for a big renovation this summer. Last year, the building was acquired by Colliers International Alabama from Massey Building Partners LLP for $3.5M—now, the firm plans to invest an addition $8M into renovating the historic structure.

The biggest visual difference the renovation brings is a completely rejuvenated lobby. Colliers International Alabama is working with CCR Architecture & Interiors on the renovations, which aim to introduce modern amenities while paying homage to the building’s historic character.

In addition, the renovation project will add a new HVAC system to the building and replace nearly 400 windows with dual-pane, tinted windows.

Colliers International Alabama and CCR Architecture & Interiors relied on historic federal and state tax credits to complete the renovation. Historic tax credits, both federal and state, have been used to help preserve and renovate a number of Birmingham’s historic and irreplaceable buildings.

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Nathan Watson

Senior Content Producer with Bham Now | Originally from Tennessee, Nathan moved to The Magic City after graduating from Birmingham-Southern College. Nathan is passionate about recognizing Birmingham's history and is thrilled to learn more about the big things planned for The Magic City's future.

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