Today in Birmingham History


Brother Bryan assessing damage

On this day in 1901, Third Presbyterian Church and parsonage were ravaged by fire. The church was located at 22nd Street South and Avenue F (now Sixth Avenue South). According to the church’s website, the fire was started “when an apparent spark from a passing street car ignited something in the barn adjacent to Brother Bryan’s (the church’s pastor) house. The fire subsequently spread to the house and church. The building completely destroyed, the congregation would continue meeting in a tent without missing a service, until a new church building was constructed a on the other end of the block on the corner of 7th Avenue.”

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