Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

EDITORIAL: Kilgore House Was Worth Preserving

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

EDITORIAL: Kilgore House Was Worth Preserving

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In a place that sometimes seems to value its history a little too much, the University of Alabama's decision to demolish the Kilgore House is a bit surprising. We regret that the university chose this path.

Tucked away in what was once a quiet corner of campus, the Kilgore House went largely unnoticed for many years. It served as headquarters for Alabama Heritage magazine in recent years. While it might have had many of the problems older structures often have, the Queen Anne-style Victorian house built in 1890 appeared in good shape for a building more than 120 years old.

It's true that the house's origins weren't tied directly to the University of Alabama. It was built for an engineer for Bryce Hospital. But it still held some significance to the university's history and to an important social movement.

The family that lived in the Kilgore House rented rooms to some of the university's first female students. At the time, male students mostly lived on campus. …

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