Advocates of historic preservation hope the bank will make the needed repairs or sell the property to a party that will. If demolished, the building would be the next on a long list of
"At a minimum, I think a number of people would be sad to see it go," Love said. "I would hope someone would take and do something with it and history has shown that the longer it is intact, the better the chances are to make it a viable project."
Built in 1912, the three-story building was known early as
The building is an excellent example of the Commercial style, a style developed and evolved in the early 20th century due to technological advances in the building industry, according to Meek's application.
The building was home to Green's real estate business from 1912 to 1914, but was vacant later in 1914. From 1916 to 1924, the Minter Bobo funeral home occupied the building and was home to
Love cited the extensive renovations made to the DuPre House and
Meek also said he would rather see the building saved than demolished.
But, extensive renovations to the building are needed, said city
Bush said the building has been condemned as an unsafe structure, but isn't immediately in danger of collapse.
The roof is in bad condition, particularly in one corner, which has leaked severely, Bush said.
"Water has gone down into the building and caused damage to the floors all the way to the basement," Bush said. "That's one issue that to me, would take a lot of money to remedy."
In addition, there are exterior components such as loose brickwork and decayed oriented strand board (OSB) board that need to be remedied.
"From my understanding, the bank has tried to find a developer, but to this point, that hasn't happened," Bush said. "I'm going to give them a hard deadline on when the work has to be made."
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