People obliviously go by it, not remembering what it once was. But Mindy Britt-Nellis does.
In fact, she can't forget.
"I got married here," said Britt-Nellis. "It will be 17 years on October 26th. It was a beautiful building with all the marble and I hate to see it going downhill."
You can see it everywhere The marble is tarnished, the paint is peeling and the awnings are torn.
"The doors are plywood," said Britt-Nellis. "There was graffiti too when I brought my kids down here."
And that list doesn't include the things you can't see.
"From our perspective, there's a lot of code issues with it," said Ben Miller, the Building Commissioner for Evansville-Vanderburgh County. "It doesn't have a fire protection system. It doesn't have a fire alarm. With those renovations, it would make it a much safer building."
The renovations would bring it up to code and bring it back to life. The Kunkel Group, the developer of the project and current owner of the building, brought their plans for the McCurdy before the state.
In the Hoosier State, commercial building projects such as the McCurdy are required to have plans approved by the State Fire Marshall. The McCurdy project went through the Indiana Homeland Security plan review process in 2008 and was approved for construction, Miller says. For a release to be valid, construction must start within a year. Because of several setbacks, extensions and reinstatements were granted to the first developer of the project.
In 2012, the McCurdy project was purchased by the Kunkel Group, according to Miller. Kunkel petitioned the Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission for a reinstatement of the former developer's construction design plan. The state then granted the re-instatement but on the condition that construction would within 9 months. That deadline expired on Thursday.
"Kunkel must now either ask for an additional reinstatement of the 2008 release or modify the plans with the new construction codes that have changed since 2008 and re-submit as a new project in order to obtain the required Construction Design Release," said Miller.
The City-County Building Commission cannot issue a building permit for the project without all the necessary approvals from the state, according to Miller.
"They are kind of back to square one," said Miller.
"I told my boys they wouldn't believe how beautiful [the McCurdy Hotel] was," said Britt-Nellis. "When we got pictures out, they said 'wow, that is really pretty. Why is it like this now?' I said sometimes we want to make new things and not go back and fix up the old."
You know a building is historic when the place on the outside of it is historic itself.
But when it comes to the McCurdy building, Britt-Nellis has a history all her own.
"My understanding is that we had the last wedding reception here, ever," said Britt-Nellis. "Honestly, I would love for it to be fixed up so my kids could have their wedding reception here."
Officials from the Kunkel Group did not return our calls for comment.