The transfer of the historic Powell School from the City of Birmingham to the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation is proving to have been a good thing. Damaged by fire in January 2011, Birmingham’s oldest school building was thought to be lost. Instead, thanks to visionaries in city government led by local preservation advocates, attorney Sam Frazier and Operation New Birmingham’s former executive director Mike Calvert, the school is well on its way to making Birmingham a better place to live. Frazier and Calvert, with assistance from the ATHP and preservation expert David B. Schneider, saw a new roof go up on the Powell School giving it a new look on life. For updates on the Powell School, visit http://weldbham.com/blog/2012/12/14/saving-powell-school/.
Frazier along with architectural historians Alice Bowsher and Robert Gamble oversee the Endangered Properties Trust fund of the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation. A revolving fund, the Endangered Properties Trust provides intervention and loan dollars to save historic structures in the state. For more information, visit www.alabamatrust.info/about.php.