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20" x 30" Digital print on Hahnemuhle Photorag 305 gsm archival paper. Single edition. Comes with Digital/NFT counterpart.


Alabama Power Building


Highrise #172

Address: 600 18th St. N.

Opened: 1925

Height: 217'

Stories: 13

Style: Art Deco

Architect: William Warren


Birmingham, AL


Ever since the 25-foot gold statue of the goddess Electra made her rooftop debut, people have traded tales of a mystical love affair uniting her and the giant iron statue of Vulcan on the ridge overlooking the city. At least the god of the forge has a leather apron to partially shield his modesty.


Alabama Power was founded in 1906 by William Lay, a riverboat captain who mapped out rapids and shoals where hydroelectric dams could go. He started to build one on the Coosa River southeast of Birmingham, but had to hand over control of his company to finance the project, which began service in 1914 and was later named Lay Dam.


Another promising company site, at Muscle Shoals on the Tennessee River, was handed over to the federal government during World War I for a dam meant to power an explosives manufacturing plant. The nitrates factory was eventually built elsewhere, but the dam became the centerpiece of the Tennessee Valley Authority, one of Franklin D. Roosevelt's most heralded domestic achievements.


Three carved figures over the entrance bearing gifts of a transmission tower, the sun, and fire are labeled Power, Light, and Heat. The utility headquarters complex now fills the entire block, and is still connected to this highrise.

Highrise #172: Alabama Power Building, 2023 by Chris Hytha

Excluding Sales Tax
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