111 Market Street

111 Market Street

An unusually simple cast-iron front adorns this five-storey commercial building, which is actually the tallest thing on its block of Market Street. It is possible that the building has lost a cornice, but otherwise it probably looks not much different from the way it looked when it was first put up around 1900 or so.

Founder’s Mark on a Cast-Iron Storefront

Last week old Pa Pitt published this picture of a cast-iron storefront on 18th Street, South Side.

Today, walking past the same building, he noticed an inscription at the base.

This is the mark of the founder who cast the storefront, and we see that it was a very local business: East Birmingham was the borough that went from today’s 17th Street to about 27th Street.

Cast-Iron Storefront

Cast-iron storefront, South 18th Street

This unusual cast-iron storefront is on 18th Street at the intersection with Sarah Street. Its arches are echoed by the windows above, which still retain their original four-pane configuration.

Cast-Iron Front, Liberty Avenue

A fine example of a Victorian cast-iron façade, nicely restored, on Liberty Avenue in the Cultural District.