The hotel was converted into low-income apartments in 1981.
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.
Once touted as being "the pride of Birmingham," the hotel has remained vacant since 1983 when public health officials declared the building uninhabitable.
The failed 2006 renovation called for a rooftop swimming pool where a water tower once stood.
The Leer Tower renovation was expected to commence in September 2005 and be complete by 2007.
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.
The Leer Tower signage, which replaced the former Cabana signage, was first lit on Thursday, August 30, 2007.
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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