The Tutwiler Hotel was first envisioned by Robert Jemison, Jr., who later became the Vice-President of the hotel company, as a facility that would help Birmingham attract meetings and visitors. He wanted to convince the American Iron and Steel Institute to hold its convention in Birmingham in hopes of bringing a larger portion of the steel industry to the city. The American Iron and Steel Institute was made up of 500 members, including the head of the United States Steel Corporation. However, the Institute was not inclined to hold its convention in Birmingham because there was a lack of “adequate modern hotels” in the city.
Mr. Jemison, approached George Crawford, president of the Tennessee Coal, Iron, and Railroad Company, who he knew was also frustrated with the lack of quality hotels in Birmingham. Jemison convinced Crawford to become the president of the hotel company, which Crawford agreed to with the stipulation that Jemison would oversee the finances and construction for The Tutwiler.
The two men went to Major Tutwiler, who was in the process of selling the Tutwiler Coal and Coke Company, to see if he would be willing to invest in the hotel. Tutwiler agreed to foot a majority of the bill with a contribution of $1,850,000. At the time, the Tutwilers were on a trip in South Africa, and upon their arrival back in the U.S., Jemison met the Tutwilers at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans to tell them that the deal was complete and the hotel would be built. It was there tha
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