A fire in January nearly destroyed Birmingham’s Powell School, the city’s oldest. Officials should know in the next few months whether the 123-year-old Victorian brick building can be saved, according to a story in the Dec. 26 edition of  The Birmingham News.

“Sam Frazier, a board member of the Alabama Trust of Historic Preservation and chairman of Birmingham’s Design Review Committee, said cleanup of downtown’s Powell School is under way and plans are being drawn for a new roof,” the paper reports.

“The Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation is the new owner of the Powell School building — built in 1887 — and the 1.3 acres of land after the city of Birmingham donated the property along with insurance proceeds.

“Powell School was named for Col. James R. Powell, president of the Elyton Land Co., which donated the property. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places for both its historical significance and its distinctive Victorian-Gothic architecture,” the story said.

 

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