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Jewel: 1939

Jewel: 1939

1939. "St. James Hotel, Selma, Dallas County, Alabama. Building dates to circa 1840. Now market warehouse. Three story brick masonry, two story porch, ornamental iron work." Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

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Nice to see an old, beautiful building brought back to life rather than bulldozed into history.

Absolutely Beautiful

It's so great the porch is still there. I think that's the most beautiful cast iron work I've ever seen!

Bravo for not tearing it down just because it's "old"

So many beautiful buildings we see here have met the wrecking ball long before we get to see them and it's just sad.

Great to See

That this handsome building has been able to survive despite the many changes.


First the Brantley Hotel from 1837 until after the Civil War, then St. James Hotel until 1892, then a warehouse, now St. James Hotel again since 1997. It's located at 1200 Water Avenue in Selma.

Open for business.

The hotel was restored in 1997 and is open for business. Supposedly haunted.

Wishes come true


SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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