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Man steps up to restore historic Montgomery house set for demolition

Posted: Updated: Aug 6, 2013 09:30 AM
The house at 1802 Madison Avenue as it currently stands. The house at 1802 Madison Avenue as it currently stands.
Early 20th century photo of the house at 1802 Madison Ave. Early 20th century photo of the house at 1802 Madison Ave.
A rendering of what the house will look like after refurbishment. A rendering of what the house will look like after refurbishment.
Robbie Pelt purchased the house and plans to restore it. Robbie Pelt purchased the house and plans to restore it.
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

It's a big job, and now someone has stepped up to do it. A historic house on Madison Avenue in Montgomery was facing demolition. Now, it's in the process of being restored.

For all intents and purposes, the house at 1802 Madison Avenue was condemned and the city was ready to bulldoze it. Now, it has a new owner, and it's on its way to getting a new look.

At one time, you couldn't even see the house from the road. Clearing the trees has been a major part of the work done so far. 

It also has a new roof, thanks to Robbie Pelt and his crew. Pelt stepped in when neighbors reached out to save the house, and he has plans for a total renovation. 

"Painting, new air conditioning, new electrical, new plaster/sheet rock, new plumbing, it's gonna be a brand new house in an old frame when we're finished..." Pelt explained of his new project. "It's more of an eyesore than anything, but now I just hope to make it a jewel."

A rendering of how the house is expected to look when it's finished is posted right in the front yard. Pelt hopes to have it completed and up for sale within four months.

Neighbors have set up a Facebook page and a blog to keep the public updated on the progress.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/Save1802MadisonProject

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