UA Demolishing Old Campus Home for Plaza

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- The University of Alabama is demolishing one of the oldest buildings on campus to make way for a new outdoor plaza.

The Queen Anne-style Kilgore House has stood in Tuscaloosa since 1890.

But The Tuscaloosa News ( ) reports the university plans to begin tearing it down on Monday. Officials want to use the land for a new plaza with an outdoor dining pavilion.
A potential purchaser who might have moved the old home to a new site backed out of talks over the cost.

Kilgore House was listed on the Alabama Register of Historic Places in 1988. The building was the Alabama Heritage magazine office for 25 years until last summer.

The home was built for the first engineer at Bryce Hospital, the state mental facility that adjoins campus.

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