Lakeview

Adjacent to Birmingham's Southside, the Lakeview District offers convenient, urban living at downtown's doorstep.

Lakeview features historic and new apartments on the south end of the District, which is anchored by St. Vincent's Hospital and the 7th Avenue entertainment area. The north end of the district, defined by Sloss Furnace, is home to townhomes and live/work space along First Avenue South, which will soon be home to a greenway that is an extension of Red Rock Ridge & Valley Trail System.

The district is most well-known for its dining and entertainment offerings, with a concentration of restaurants, bars and nightclubs at the 29th Street and 7th Avenue area, as well as the Pepper Place complex. Additionally, two breweries are located within the District. Families from across Birmingham flock to Lakeview on Saturdays from April through December to visit Pepper Place Market, Alabama's largest farmer's market, with thousands attending every week to buy goods from Alabama farmers, cooks, and artisans. Cultural offerings include the Terrific New Theater, the Alabama Ballet, and Sloss Furnaces, a popular venue for concerts and events. The district is home to some of Birmingham's largest corporate citizens, such as BBVA Compass and Brasfield & Gorrie. And Lakeview is also home to a concentration of design-related businesses, from showrooms and retail stores, to architects, contractors, and creative design agencies. Area residents and employees can often be found jogging its main streets, or joining in community bike rides that leave from the Pepper Place complex.

HISTORY

The Lakeview District emerged in the 1890s as a streetcar suburb of Birmingham named for an artificial lake and other attractions that defined the former Lakeview Park. The park contained the Lakeview Hotel and Pavilion, complete with a swimming pool, skating rink, bowling alley, and a ballpark that was home to the first Alabama-Auburn football game in 1893.

The District was anchored on its industrial northern end by Sloss Furnaces, Birmingham?s first blast furnace, which operated from 1882 until 1971. In 1981, the Furnaces were designated a National Historic Landmark.

In 1990, Sloss Real Estate began redevelopment of the northern end with the redevelopment of Pepper Place, a seven-building, 227,000 square-foot retail and office development including the former Dr. Pepper Building and Martin Biscuit Building. The development is home to Pepper Place Saturday market, as well as a concentration of design-related businesses and showrooms.

In 1999, the historic commercial area of Lakeview at 29th Street and 7th Avenue was appended to the city's Southside Historic District, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

Today the district has many buildings suited to residential renovation, and offers several sites ideal for residential development.
 

ARCHITECTURE

New construction, historic commercial buildings

LINKS

Email Lakeview Business Association

Follow Lakeview on Twitter

Images courtesy of H2 Real Estate and Luker Photography.

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