First National-John A. Hand Building

17 N. 20th St., Birmingham, Alabama


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John Hand Building is a mixed-use high rise building in Birmingham, Alabama, with a height of 287 feet (87 m). It was the tallest building in the city until surpassed by the City Federal Condos in 1913. It comprises 20 floors and was completed in 1912. The lower eight floors are for commercial use and the upper twelve floors are for residential use. In 1983, the building was added National Register of Historic Places. In 2000, it was renovated at a cost of $20 million.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 29, 1983
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Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival; Other architectural type; Neo-Classical Revival
Areas of significance
Commerce; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
Financial institution
Period of significance
Significant year

Update Log 

  • August 10, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • May 25, 2011: Updated by WillyT: Added description