The Redmont Hotel in Birmingham, Alabama is a 13-story historic hotel built in 1925. It is still in operation as a hotel, and has been restored and modernized within the historic context. The exterior appearance of the hotel is almost unchanged from the original. The Redmont Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We totally had a blast at this hotel when we stayed there, the staff, and especially the bellhop, were fantastic!
Photos are from our visit October 25-27, 2007.
The Redmont Exterior
Welcome to the Redmont Hotel! This 13 story brick & terra-cotta faced hotel was opened May 1, 1925 and is located at the corner of Fifth Avenue North and Richard Arrington Junior Boulevard North (how's that for a long street name?) The building architect was G Lloyd Preacher and the builder was Smallman & Brice Company. Birmingham was originally a mining town, the Redmont name refers to Red Mountain, where many of the mines were located. Note the metal balcony on the left that serves as a canopy over the front doors.
The Redmont Lobby and Public Spaces
This massive chandelier dominates the lobby.
Another view of the chandelier, looking down from the mezzanine level.
The lobby sitting area with grand piano. The windows are facing 5th Avenue North, the front door is to the right in this photo, the lounge is to the left.
The Redmont is a favorite for haunt for ASU fans. During our visit the hotel was packed with fans in town for a home game. They apparently stay frequently, the staff recognizes many, and greeted them by name. One afternoon I was standing in the lobby, which was packed with ASU fans catching up on old times. One lady walked up to one of the valets and began talking with him. She obviously recognized him and apparently thought he was an old ASU pal. After a small amount of chit-chat she confessed to him that she remembered him, but couldn't remember his name. He smiled and said "Mam, I work here."
Notice the original mail chute between the elevator doors, while no longer used, has been left in place.
The ghost of Hank Williams. (Faked!)
Like all old hotels, the Redmont has a ghost story connected to it. The Redmont is said to be haunted by the ghost of famous singer Hank Williams. while on tour in 1952, Hank Williams stayed in the hotel's penthouse. It turned out to be the last night of his life, he was killed the next day in a car accident. Since then there have been many reported sightings of his ghost in the hotel. In addition the ghost of a former owner of the hotel, Clifford Stiles is said to haunt the hotel. (No, this is not a real ghost photo, its a fake.)