Windham Construction Company Office Building, Birmingham, Jefferson County,1912 (Places in Peril 2011)
In a city that drew the eyes of the world for its aggressive defense of segregation, the Windham Construction Company Office Building is a remarkable reminder of successful African American businesses that fl ourished in the “separate-butequal” society imagined by Plessy v. Ferguson. The Windham Office Building was home to Windham Brothers Construction Company, a major black construction firm that erected some of the most significant buildings in Birmingham’s black communities. Wallace Rayfield, the second formally educated African American architect to practice his profession in the United States, designed the building. Though listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the structure is unoccupied and consistently threatened by vandalism and other crimes.
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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.