Project Highlights


International Black Firefighters Museum, Baltimore MD

A nonprofit organization (African American Fire Fighters Historical Society) established to recognize the contributions of firefighters of color will restore an abandoned firehouse in Baltimore’s Oliver neighborhood into what they hope will become a major East Coast museum and tourist attraction that celebrates their mission. Read the complete Washington Post article….

The Gaston Motel and Supper Club and the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Birmingham are two of the historic landmarks designated by President Obama. Plans are under way to renovate and incorporate these buildings as the foundation of Birmingham’s Civil Rights Institute / 4th Avenue Historic District creating a 4-block living history of the Civil Rights struggle of the 60s, and will be the cornerstones for the revitalization of this neighborhood. Read more….

Gaston Motel and Supper Club

A. G. Gaston Motel, Photo taken in 1954 Photo courtesy of Birmingham, Ala. Public Library Archives

UPDATE March, 2021: Phase 1 completed with lighting of restored sign. See details under News

Phase 1 of reconstruction has already begun. Details of the plan are followed in

2021: The New York Times and the Smithsonian Institute to begin tours of Birmingham’s historical district which will bring attention to the Gaston Hotel and its renovations. Read the complete article here

Thoughts after desegration
Kelly Ingram Park
Eddie Kendricks Park

Banners line the street in Kelly Ingram Park leading to the Historic Civil Rights District of which the Gaston Motel will be one of the anchors.

Additional buildings under renovation in the Historic Civil Rights District in Birmingham, AL
Complete layout of the Civil Rights District in Birmingham

Ramsey-McCormack Building

Ramsey-McCormack Building
Photo by Jeff E. Newman
Current construction

It was determined that the original structure was beyond repair, but remnants of the old building, such as bricks and marble, will be retained as part of the structure of the new building

UPDATE April, 2021: Deconstruction near completion. See details in News

Preparation for building

Preserving original bricks and marble

Updated rendering from the Ensley Redevelopment web site for the City of Birmingham

Prince Hall Grand Lodge (Masonic Temple)

Frank Couch, The Birmingham Times
Outside Signage

Grand Ballroom
Construction – Inside the Grand Ballroom

In a recent article of Bham Now, journalist Nathan Watson says “Renovations will begin during the first quarter of 2020.” He also cites the efforts of Henderson and Company in the reconstruction. Read full article…

Hear in Mr. Henderson’s own words what he hopes to accomplish with this development courtesy of FOX6 News anchor Steve Crocker

National Economic Justice Center

2016 – Prime example of “urban infill”

This multi-use structure, one block from The White House, combines office space with ground-floor retail.

Acueducto de Ponce, Puerto Rico

Built in 1876, it was abandoned in 1928 and in much disrepair. Legislation was enacted in 2015 to declare it a historic structure and it was rebuilt.

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