The Wininger Law Firm is proud and excited to have its home in one of Birmingham’s most historic buildings, the Whilldin Building. It’s named for David Oliver Whilldin, one of the area’s most famous architects. Though our practice is high tech, we’re in a beautiful building constructed between 1923 and 1924.
David Oliver Whilldin worked as an architect in Alabama. Several of his buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places, including our office building at 517 Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North. His other designs include Legion Field and schools in the Birmingham City School District.
Whilldin was born in Philadelphia in 1881. After studying at Drexel Institute (now Drexel University) and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, he came to Alabama and developed his career. He retired in 1962 and died in 1970.
The Whilldin Building housed Whilldin’s office. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It looks like two separate buildings. The smaller building on the left half contained Whilldin’s office. It’s set back from the street and faced in dark brick with terra cotta and stone detailing. Here are older photos from the National Park Service.
The most remarkable part of the left facade is the doorway, as you can see from the second photo. Full-sized drawings detail the ring of ornamental leaves carved into stone, a wreath panel, and the arched hood over the entryway. A band of yellow terra cotta is above the windows, with the inscription “D.O. WHILLDIN, ARCHITECT.” The larger, white half of the building is covered in smooth limestone.
The Whilldin Building is nearly a hundred years old. The Wininger Law Firm is over 50 years old. We hope to be here for many years to come. Come see the building for yourself when you need our legal services.