Birmingham Trust National Bank

Birmingham Trust National Bank was a large bank which operated in Birmingham from 1887 to 1982, when it was rebranded as SouthTrust Bank under a regional holding company.

Founded in December 1887, the Birmingham Trust and Savings Company moved into offices in the Elyton Land Co. building on 20th Street North on June 20, 1888. The first board of directors was headed by Henry Caldwell with Samuel Murphy as vice-president and M. G. Hudson as cashier.

A banking office was constructed on 20th Street North in 1902, and rebuilt it as a monumental Neoclassical structure in 1922. A 7-story office building was erected behind it in 1964.

The company name was changed to Birmingham Trust National Bank when it secured a national charter in 1946. It opened its first “neighborhood branches” in East Lake, Mountain Brook, and Five Points West in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Birmingham Trust National Bank was the first financial institution in the nation to introduce what was termed at the time an “automated central information system” in 1971.

After regional acquisions, the holding company SouthTrust Corporation was formed in 1981 and all bank branches were rebranded as SouthTrust Bank in 1982. SouthTrust later merged with Wachovia in 2004. While all SouthTrust branches began carrying the Wachovia name, the neoclassical bank building was closed down instead.

Birmingham Trust National Bank | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

Birmingham Trust National Bank | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

Birmingham Trust National Bank | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

Birmingham Trust National Bank | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

Birmingham Trust National Bank | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

Birmingham Trust National Bank | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

Birmingham Trust National Bank | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

Birmingham Trust National Bank | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

Birmingham Trust National Bank | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

Birmingham Trust National Bank | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

Birmingham Trust National Bank | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

Birmingham Trust National Bank | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

Birmingham Trust National Bank | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

Birmingham Trust National Bank | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

Birmingham Trust National Bank | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

Birmingham Trust National Bank | Photo © 2014 Bullet, www.autopsyofarchitecture.com

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  1. Peter Udbjørg says:

    Amazing! Pity this magnificent building is left to rot. 🙁