Wachovia Building (Mobile)

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Wells Fargo Building
Waterman Building.jpg
General information
Type Office
Location 61 Saint Joseph Street, Mobile, Alabama, United States
Coordinates 30°41′35.2″N 88°2′32.51″W / 30.693111°N 88.0423639°W / 30.693111; -88.0423639Coordinates: 30°41′35.2″N 88°2′32.51″W / 30.693111°N 88.0423639°W / 30.693111; -88.0423639
Completed 1947
Opening 1947
Owner Watersouth Associates LLC
Roof 230 feet (70 m)
Technical details
Floor count 16
Lifts/elevators 4
Design and construction
Architect Platt Roberts & Associates
Developer Waterman Steamship Company

The Wells Fargo Building, previously known as the Waterman Building and the Southtrust Bank Building, is a high-rise in the U.S. city of Mobile, Alabama. Completed in 1947, the building rises 230 feet (70 m) and 16 stories.[2] The Wells Fargo Building is the 7th-tallest building in Mobile, and is an example of early modern architecture.[2]

Completed in 1947, the Wells Fargo Building was the only high-rise to be constructed in Mobile from the 1929 completion of the Regions Bank Building to 1965, when the GM Building was completed. The Wells Fargo Building was constructed on the site of the Bienville Hotel, a low-rise seven-story hotel.[3] The structure was the former home of the Waterman Globe, a 12-foot (4 m) diameter sphere created by Rand McNally that depicts the world with the political boundaries of the 1940s.[1] The globe was a local attraction, but was removed from the building in 1973 and deconstructed. It was later restored to its original state and moved to the University of South Alabama's Mitchell Center in 1999.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c "Wachovia Building". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  2. ^ a b c "Southtrust Bank Building". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2009-07-14.
  3. ^ "Bienville Hotel". Emporis.com. Retrieved 2009-07-23.