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"I DON'T CARE WHAT THEY SAY;
I'VE ALWAYS BELIEVED
THE STEINERS WERE UP TO NO GOOD,
AND SOMEBODY IS BURIED
IN THAT COFFIN."

-Charles Humphries (1927-2014)

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Here's the story...

THE STEINER-LOBMAN BUILDING is one of the most striking buildings in downtown Montgomery, Alabama. It stands at the corner of Commerce and Tallapoosa. By 1900, lower Commerce Street had become the wholesale center of central Alabama. The wide street was paved with Belgian granite ballast blocks and the most impressive building on it was the 1891 Steiner-Lobman wholesale dry goods building.

Nathan Lobman and Louis Steiner went into business together in 1871 peddling goods to small merchants and moved up to Montgomery ten year later to set up shop in this highly decorative pink and white corner store.

In 1895, the right half was sold to Martin Teague and it became Teague Hardware. The two businesses continued in that location until the mid-1970s. Now the buidling is owned by a law firm.

A coffin adorns the roof corner of the Steiner-Lobman half, along with an 8-foot statue of the Goddess Athena (protectress of architects –they need it). An anvil tops the Teague half.

Mary Ann Neeley says the coffin is actually a water tank mounted up there for fire emergency use.

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adapted from: exploringmontgomery.com

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THIS PICTURE shows the Steiner-Lobman building in Commerce Street looking down towards the river. On the roof from left to right: the "coffin", the Athena statue and the anvil. The name on the building is that of the law firm that currently owns the place.

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song title reference: Pavement

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