June 07, 2023

Birmingham’s Iron Man to Undergo Historic Preservation Project

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Vulcan Park & Museum will temporarily close the Observation Tower to begin a phased preservation project beginning Thursday, June 8.

This is the second time that waterproofing sealant has been applied to seal the mortar since Vulcan was restored and replaced on his pedestal in 2003. Amanda Hare, Director of Marketing & Public Relations for Vulcan Park and Museum says, “Mother Nature and time will always be factors. Therefore, it is expected that Vulcan will need restoration touch-ups periodically to keep our city symbol looking his absolute best.”

An asset of the City of Birmingham, the Vulcan Observation Tower and statue have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976.  Historic designation is administered by the National Park Service and requires all preservation and restoration work to the structures to comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

The Observation Tower’s current restoration project will focus on reducing water infiltration to the inner staircase to preserve the marble landing with sealant application, which must be completed during the warmer months of the year.

  • Vulcan’s Observation Tower is closed to the public until further notice.
  • Park grounds, including Kiwanis Centennial Plaza, will remain open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
  • Vulcan Center, including the Museum and The Anvil gift shop will remain open from 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Admission will be reduced during restoration project.
  • For more information visit our website, visitvulcan.com