Before McWane – Loveman’s

Before the McWane Science Center was built on the corner of 19th Street and Third Avenue North in downtown Birmingham, Loveman’s Department Store filled the block. The store closed in 1980 as one of several stores that went out of business around that time. In 1983 it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. For the next 18 years, the building sat empty until McWane Science Center opened there in 1998.