Waterman-Smith Building (Mobile)

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Waterman-Smith Building
Waterman Building.jpg
General information
Location61 Saint Joseph Street, Mobile, Alabama, United States
Coordinates30°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
OwnerWaterman-Smith I LLC
Roof230 feet (70 m)
Technical details
Floor count18
Design and construction
ArchitectPlatt Roberts & Associates
DeveloperWaterman Steamship Company

The Waterman-Smith Building, previously known as the Waterman Building, the Southtrust Bank Building, the Wells-Fargo Building, and the Wachovia Building is a high-rise in the U.S. city of Mobile, Alabama. Completed in 1947, the building rises 230 feet (70 m) and 18 stories.[2] The Waterman-Smith Building is the 7th-tallest building in Mobile, and is an example of early modern architecture.[2]

Completed in 1947, the Waterman-Smith 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 Waterman-Smith 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]

In 2017, the building was sold to Darryl Smith of Hammond, LA for $2.5 million. Tenants in the building have since complained of poor maintenance and a complete lack of maintenance personnel, since all operations are performed from Hammond, LA. Tenants in the building have complained of an internet monopoly, with AT&T being the only provider servicing the building until 2019, when Cytranet started providing services.

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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.