Alcazar Shrine

built this structure at 1021 Madison Avenue (directly opposite the Bibb Graves Armory) in the early 1950s, complete with the awful insertion of glass block. But despite that faux pas, it has this slight Federal Style feel, and appears somewhat staid to be a Shriner redoubt. I do understand that some of the fun ornamentation was removed when the fraternity moved out onto Eastern Boulevard(Alcazar Shrine Temple) around 1973. The old building was purchased by the Alabama Department of Revenue, which still owns it, and utilizes the space for a division which need easy public access (it’s most difficult for ordinary citizens to park and find the main Revenue offices in the missing Persons Building). The building was demolished and the city’s Municipal Justice Center replaced it in early 2017.

-Charles Humphries

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