Thomas Jefferson Hotel, Cabana Hotel
Structure in General
spanish colonial revival
- The hotel was converted into low-income apartments in 1981.
- Once touted as being "the pride of Birmingham," the hotel has remained vacant since 1983 when public health officials declared the building uninhabitable.
- Taking its inspiration from the building’s original name, the Thomas Jefferson Hotel, the four condo layouts take their names from former U.S. Presidents Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and George Washington.
- Features a moorage mast atop the northeast corner that was designed to tie down hot-air balloons and zeppelins at the time of its completion.
- The Leer Tower signage, which replaced the former Cabana signage, was first lit on Thursday, August 30, 2007.
- The Leer Tower renovation was expected to commence in September 2005 and be complete by 2007.
- The failed 2006 renovation called for a rooftop swimming pool where a water tower once stood.
- The proposed 2006 renovation called for a complete, $20 million renovation into 65 luxury condominium units from 305 hotel units.
- The "C" atop the tower was removed and the familiar Cabana signage was replaced with new signage that that reads "Leer Tower" in 2007.
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1625-1631 2nd Avenue North
118-130 17th Street North
1631 2nd Avenue North