This week has been busy at the TJ. Inside, our carpenters are repairing the encasement for the original revolving doors and installing the remaining parts, which were ordered from the company who first constructed the door in the 1920s. Any new fixtures will be an exact match to this historic feature.
In the lobby, our crew is applying flat ceiling plaster and taking molds of the decorative plaster so that it may be repaired to historic standards. Modern cabinets are being installed in the units, and countertops are soon to follow.
In the annex, our team is setting grease traps that feed into the building’s restaurant space. We are also adding a masonry staircase to connect to the building’s first and second floors.
Originally constructed in 1925, the Redmont Hotel has long been a figure of Birmingham’s Central Business District. We worked through complex historic tax credits to make this renovation a reality, honoring the spirit of the building, while making it ready for modern guests.
The Redmont Hotel renovation involved 120 guest rooms–all of which required an entirely updated bathroom–as well as common spaces. These inlcuded a first floor restaurant and bar, meeting space, office space and a fitness center. As is often the case with historic buildings, our team discovered a surprise or two along the way. We brought outdated mechanical systems up to code and connected to an existing plumbing and sprinkler system to reduce cost. The restored hotel is now a beautifully furnished part of Hilton’s Curio Collection.
Exactly 102 years after the Lyric Theatre originally opened, a renaissance was realized. An audience again sat in the long empty auditorium and enjoyed a show much like one you would have seen in the roaring 20s. These images show the restored theatre, which will welcome guests for generations to come.
The Lyric celebrated its grand reopening January 14-16, 2016, with a modern vaudeville show that warranted sold out crowds and a standing ovation each night. al.com covered the event