Old Bonneau-Jeter Hardware recognized by Alabama Historical Commission

Published: Jan. 14, 2021 at 11:17 PM CST
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ELBA, Ala. (WTVY) --

A building in Elba is one of a handful to be recognized by the Alabama Historical Commission in 2020.

It is no secret, the old Bonneau-Jeter Hardware store needs a little TLC.

The building has landed a spot on the 2020 places of peril list for the Alabama Historical Commission.

“They have a competitive application process every year where you just submit properties that are in dire need of repair to keep them there that have some historical significance,” said Laurie Chapman, Owner of Old Bonneau-Jeter Hardware.

A list that aims to restore some of the state’s most endangered historic properties and that’s exactly what Laurie and her husband want to do.

“The owner of this building said well I’ll give it to you for cheap if you’ll help save it, so we bought it and that’s our intention is just to save it,” Laurie continued. “We both have jobs that we’re not ready to leave so we’re not going to open up a store anything right now, but we are just trying to save the structure because it needs a lot of work.”

Nothing could have prepared the Chapmans for what would happen next.

“We purchased this just like a week or two before the pandemic started so almost a year ago”

Gradually working to preserve this landmark.

“My goal is to have something in here by 2029 and I know that sounds a long way off but that’s the hundred-year anniversary of the flood and so I think there’s a lot of significance in that,” Laurie finished.

217 Court Street has been home to Bonneau-Jeter Hardware, Elba Drug Company and a handful of other businesses.

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