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Montgomery, Alabama: Rooftop Sarcophagus of Steiner and Lobman

Decoration atop a 19th century office building is said to hold the body of one of its owners, who wanted to keep an eye on either the city or his employees.

184 Commerce St., Montgomery, AL
Downtown, on the southeast corner of Commerce and Tallapoosa Sts. The sarcophagus is best viewed from the other side of Commerce St.
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Steiner-Lobman Building.

Steiner-Lobman Building

Atop the Steiner-Lobman building at Commerce and Tallapoosa Streets are three intriguing objects -- an anvil, a statue, and what appears to be a sarcophagus (coffin). In the 137 years since the building was constructed, rumors have circulated that there's a body inside the coffin-shaped ornament. Some say it is the body of Louis Steiner, who wanted to have a great view of the city through eternity. The building a beautiful in detail. You have to look up to see the oddities on top.

[Mandy Cain, 02/04/2021]

Other rumors say that Steiner didn't want a view of the city; he wanted to keep a perpetual eye on his employees. Sept. 2021: Photo added.

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