Tuesday, August 25, 2009
It's hard for the younger Tuscalooosans to remember, but before the days of hotel chains, there were little roadside motels like the Bel Aire in town to accommodate travelers and game day guests. In it's heyday Alberta City (this section of Tuscaloosa) had several motels and restaurants along University Boulevard. You might remember the Moon Winx.
Click to enlarge this one to enjoy the great old sign and the vintage vertical flourescent light fixture.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
An old postcard image of the First National Bank on Broad Street (now Univ. Blvd.)
I believe the upper floors were apartments that faced 23rd ave.
Here's what it looks like today. It's DePalma's Restaurant. In the years between the bank and the restaurant, it was Adrians, which was a great women's clothing store.
Friday, August 14, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
With all the
destruction construction going on downtown, I thought I'd better catch this old ghostly sign while it remained intact. The building it's on isn't in danger, thankfully. I just hope no one gets a bright idea to paint it.
Ken Mac, this one's for you in celebration of your speedy recovery!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
But I'm sure it will be lovely once it is all finished. Unexpected finds and old sewer lines have delayed the construction of infrastructure to support the new federal courthouse. The top two photos show University Blvd. facing east. Below are facing west and the new courthouse site.