Constructed in 1929, the Ramsay-McCormack building is an impressive ten-story structure that once overlooked the Ensley steel mills. It is one of the early steel frame “skyscrapers” in the Birmingham area and features Art Deco-style elements such as “step-backs” and fine interior details, including terrazzo-style floors, Carrara glass, and marble. Four years after the mill’s closure in 1979, the city of Birmingham acquired the building, but plans for it never materialized. Though empty since 1986, it has been deemed structurally sound. The fate of the Ramsay-McCormack building remains uncertain at this point, as the city considers either demolition or renovation.
Alabama's Endangered Historic Landmarks
Each year since 1994, Alabama Heritage has highlighted threatened historic sites throughout Alabama. The “Places in Peril” list has identified more than 215 imperiled historic resources throughout the state, and is compiled by the Alabama Historical Commission and the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation. The locations highlight the results of deferred maintenance, perceived obsolescence, development pressures, and lack of funding—forces that now more than ever threaten our cultural legacy. But awareness is a powerful force, too, and can cultivate a renewed determination to be responsible stewards of our heritage. For more information, visit the AHC or the ATHP websites. Alabama Heritage is proud to bring to you a selection of the places designated as perilous. Please keep your comments to information relevant to the featured place in peril. Alabama Heritage reserves the right to delete any comment that we deem inappropriate.