Burned out historic Hotel Talisi in danger of demolition

The hotel in Tallassee is on Alabama’s Places in Peril list for 2019 along with six other properties.

Burned out historic Hotel Talisi in danger of demolition
The Hotel Talisi, which was heavily damaged in 2009, is on the brink of demolition. It's been added to the Alabama Historical Society's 2019 Places in Peril list. (Source: Alabama Historical Commission)

TALLASSEE, Ala. (WSFA) - The historic Hotel Talisi in Tallassee has been listed on Alabama’s Places in Peril list for 2019 along with six other properties. The list represents some of Alabama’s most endangered places.

After a fire devastated the building in 2009, as well as several failed renovation attempts since, the City of Tallassee has declared the hotel a public nuisance and plans to demolish it after a hearing on May 14.

The building at 14 Sistrunk Street had served the Tallassee community as a Sunday lunch spot and hotel since 1928. It had just undergone renovations weeks before it went up in flames caused by arson.

The Hotel Talisi destroyed on Nov. 30, 2009 just weeks after reopening from renovation. (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)
The Hotel Talisi destroyed on Nov. 30, 2009 just weeks after reopening from renovation. (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)

At the hearing, the building’s current owner, Wylie Troupe, will appeal to the city to hold off on demolishing the structure. Despite efforts to stabilize the building, there are concerns for public safety.

Places in Peril has worked for 26 years to bring awareness to significant historic places that suffer from neglect, lack of financial support or are threatened with demolition. Their goal is to rally local and statewide support to elevate these place, plan for their rescue and assure they remain in their communities for years to come, according to the Alabama Historical Commission.

The other sites on the 2019 Places in Peril list include The Pink House/The Bridges House in Jefferson County, Oaklawn Cemetery in Mobile County, Rural Training and Research Center in Sumpter County, Prehistoric Native American Trade Canal in Baldwin County, White’s Funeral Home/Cowan Ramser House in Barbour County and Oak Grove School in Hale County.

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