Demolition of Quinlan Castle begins in January 2022


Quinlan Castle in Birmingham. (Nathan Watson for Bham Now)

One of Birmingham’s most recognizable buildings, Quinlan Castle, is due to be demolished this month.

On New Years Day, barriers on Richard Arrington Boulevard and 9th Avenue South were put up, closing portions of every street to traffic.

Southern Research Statement

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Barriers erected on Richard Arrington, Jr. Blvd. on January 1, 2022. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

We have contacted Southern Research, who owns the castle, about the impending demolition. They provided us with the following statement.

“Southern Research expects the demolition of Quinlan Castle to begin this month and end in February. Ninth Avenue south and the left lane of Richard Arrington Boulevard will be closed near the castle during demolition, and those closures will remain in place during construction of a new biotech facility, which begins at the site later this year.

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Inside Quinlan Castle. Photo via Southern Research

Quinlan Castle has been vacant since the 1990s and its current condition poses a serious security threat. Built as an apartment building in the 1920s, the castle falls short of modern life safety needs, and building experts say it cannot be modernized to meet those demands. Based on these serious structural issues, the Birmingham City Design Review Committee unanimously approved the castle’s demolition in November.

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Quinlan Castle in Birmingham. (Nathan Watson for Bham Now)

Investing in a new facility will allow us to build a pandemic preparedness center, hire 100 new scientists, and expand our work on infectious diseases like COVID-19. This expansion will allow us to double our economic impact to the benefit of the City of Birmingham, Jefferson County and the State of Alabama going forward. “

Strategic move and expansion

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Render of the South Research Building which will replace Quinlan Castle. Render photo taken at the Southern Research Open House on November 23 by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Earlier this year, Bham Now reported on Southern Research’s strategic decision earlier this year to sell a lab in Maryland and redirect nearly $ 20 million and 50 jobs to Birmingham. Funds from the sale of this lab enabled Southern Research to achieve the expansion

The new jobs and investment resulting from the planned expansion will allow Southern Research to nearly double its annual economic impact on Jefferson County, to around $ 300 million.

On November 23, Southern Research hosted an open house giving the community the opportunity to review site plans and provide feedback while unveiling a rendering of the new building that will replace Quinlan Castle.

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