Heaviest Corner on Earth

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Heaviest Corner on Earth
Heaviest Corner on Earth, 1916.jpg
Heaviest Corner on Earth is located in Alabama
Heaviest Corner on Earth
Heaviest Corner on Earth is located in the United States
Heaviest Corner on Earth
Nearest cityBirmingham, Alabama
Coordinates33°30′52″N 86°48′20″W / 33.514437°N 86.80565°W / 33.514437; -86.80565Coordinates: 33°30′52″N 86°48′20″W / 33.514437°N 86.80565°W / 33.514437; -86.80565
ArchitectWilliam C. Weston
Architectural styleChicago, The Commercial Style
NRHP reference No.85001502[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 11, 1985

The Heaviest Corner on Earth is a promotional name given to the corner of 20th Street and 1st Avenue North in Birmingham, Alabama, United States, in the early 20th century. The name reflected the nearly simultaneous appearance of four of the tallest buildings in the South, the 10-story Woodward Building (1902), 16-story Brown Marx Building (1906), 16-story Empire Building (1909), and the 21-story American Trust and Savings Bank Building (1912).

The announcement of the last building was made in the Jemison Magazine in a January 1911 article titled "Birmingham to Have the Heaviest Corner in the South". Over the years, that claim was inflated to the improbable "Heaviest Corner on Earth", which remains a popular name for the grouping.[2]

A marker, erected on May 23, 1985 by the Birmingham Historical Society, with cooperation from Operation New Birmingham, stands on the sidewalk outside the Empire Building describing the group. The buildings have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places: three were listed individually in 1982 and 1983, and the group of four was listed as a historic district on July 11, 1985.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Mertins, Ellen; Pam King; Alice Bowsher (April 19, 1984). "The Heaviest Corner on Earth". National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form. National Park Service. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 17, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2014. See also: "Accompanying photos". Archived (PDF) from the original on March 17, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2014.

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