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Oldest building on UA's campus to be demolished

The Kilgore House, the oldest building on UA's campus, is being demolished to make way for a new student plaza. Source: WBRC video The Kilgore House, the oldest building on UA's campus, is being demolished to make way for a new student plaza. Source: WBRC video
The demolition of the historic home began Monday and continues this week. Source: WBRC video The demolition of the historic home began Monday and continues this week. Source: WBRC video
Source: Kelvin Reynolds Source: Kelvin Reynolds
A danger sign warns of the imminent demolition of the Kilgore House on UA's campus. Source: Kelvin Reynolds A danger sign warns of the imminent demolition of the Kilgore House on UA's campus. Source: Kelvin Reynolds
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Demolition began today on an historic building on the University of Alabama campus. The Kilgore House, built in 1890, is the oldest building on campus.

The Kilgore House holds historical and personal significance to many on campus. It helped diversify the university from an all-male school to what it is today. In a few days time, it will be torn down.

When the backhoe tears out a chunk of the Kilgore House, it will take a piece of Rebecca Minder with it.

"We understand the passion of this house because of its history," Minder said.

She worked at the Kilgore House for the Alabama Heritage magazine. Minder returned Monday before crews started tearing it down to build a new student plaza.

Long before integration of the 60's, the house helped diversify the UA campus in 1905.

"We also had the women who were the first students on campus were here as well," she explained.

Minder took a plate of glass from a window as a reminder of how important the house was to the university and her family.

"Personally, this house was important for me because my sister got married here in 1977. So this was a just a great place to come and have events," Minder said.

A deal to disassemble the house and sell it fell apart because it would be too expensive.

"It would be nice if we could restore it and keep it but it would be something that is cost prohibitive and unsafe," Minder said.

Demolition of the Kilgore home continues tomorrow. A little school house in the backyard will remain.

School officials say some heirlooms in the home have been removed and will be given to several groups for historical preservation.

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