As excitement continues to build around the new Birmingham Barons park under construction just south of Railroad Park, the Design Review Committee added its own contribution to this upbeat mood by unanimously approving the above mural, to be painted on the side of an historic building on Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. just north of 5th Avenue North. The mural depicts New York Yankee greats in the old Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, NY. In a moment of lightheartedness, the applicant (Wininger Law Firm, which owns the building) invited the Committee to guess the names of the famous Yankee players depicted. All members threw themselves into this exercise with gusto, eventually figuring out every one.
For years, the historic Redmont Hotel has faced the gloomy existing condition (above), where an ugly surface parking lot allows the view to the blank side wall. This mural–besides increasing everyone’s anticipation of the Barons returning to the central city–will be a welcome improvement to this downtown corner. And a more pleasant introduction to the urban environment to anyone exiting the hotel lobby.
[thanks to Wininger Law Firm for the images]