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
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 AL.com
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
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.
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
Prince Hall Grand Lodge (Masonic Temple)
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
This multi-use structure, one block from The White House, combines office space with ground-floor retail.