Alabama Theater in Birmingham, Alabama

Alabama Theater in Birmingham, Alabama

The years between 1880 and 1920 changed American cities completely: From elevators to air conditioning to electricity, the monumental buildings born during this period seemed like living things, humming with life. But as quickly as they rose, many of them were torn down—victims of the same progress that pushed them up.

The years between 1880 and 1920 changed American cities completely: From elevators to air conditioning to electricity, the monumental buildings born during this period seemed like living things, humming with life. But as quickly as they rose, many of them were torn down—victims of the same progress that pushed them up.

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1906. "Government Street." Wrought iron and spectral pedestrians. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1906. "Government Street." Wrought iron and spectral pedestrians. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.

Marquee of the Alabama Theatre on 3rd Avenue North, built in 1927, Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 2012, photograph by Birmingham Landmarks for the Historic Alabama Theatre (photographer unattributed).

Marquee of the Alabama Theatre on 3rd Avenue North, built in 1927, Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 2012, photograph by Birmingham Landmarks for the Historic Alabama Theatre (photographer unattributed).

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