Historic Evansville Building Could be Facing Demolition

An iconic and historic building on Evansville's west side could face demolition but it won't happen until one last Hail Mary attempt is made.

The Building Commission's Code Enforcement Board affirmed a demolition order on Thursday afternoon on the former Howell Mortgage Bank building on Broadway Ave.

The 110-year-old building has been suffering from years of neglect – creating safety issues like the cracked facade that could come crashing on the street below.

Thursday, city officials said a well-known local investor expressed interest in taking over the property and potentially saving it from the wrecking ball.

Department of Metropolitan Development Director Kelley Coures said he won't sign off on the demolition order until the property is reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission.

If nobody expresses serious interest in acquiring the property, it could be demolished in about three months.

(This story was originally published on August 24, 2017)


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