1925 City Hall fire
Almost the entire collection of the then 12-year-old Birmingham Public Library was destroyed. The lower floors were relatively unscathed and the city repaired the damage, except for the tower and attic dormers, which were not rebuilt.
The city temporarily rented space in the newly-completed Martin Office Building, four blocks west, for Birmingham City Commission meetings and departmental offices. The library, which had received donations from around the nation for rebuilding, re-opened in 1927 in a new monumental building at Woodrow Wilson Park