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               THE "FIX" IS IN at  OLD CITY HALL - TALLADEGA, AL

The City of Talladega, AL is an old southern town dating back to 1834. Talladega county and the city derives its name and land from a part of the Creek Indian nation.

 For you sports fans, Talladega is where the initial  conception of Auburn University and Birmingham-Southern College began. The world famous Talladega Super Speedway is a short drive from the city, Check out the Talladega Walk of Fame Davey Allison Memorial Park located directly behind the Old City Hall building. 

Nearby Talladega airport is believed by some to have been the site of the first powered heavier-than-air flight made by Lewis Archer Boswell before the Wright Brothers.  In 2002, the Talladega airport was renamed Boswell Field.

The city is also home to Talladega College, the oldest liberal arts Historically Black College in the state, and home of the Armistad Murals that commemorate significant events in African American history. 

The oldest continuously operated court house in Alabama is the central focus of the nearby Talladega Court House Square Historic District which is  listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

 This District is centrally located and covers a two block radius in any direction. The Ritz Theater is another focal point in the historic district. The theater, with its “vitrolite” glass panels is one of the oldest theaters in the U.S. in continuous use.

The Old City Hall building along with the nearby Silk Stocking District and Talladega College Historic District are all located in the city of Talladega and are within a half mile of each other.  . These combined historic areas all support the Talladega Court House Square Historic District making the entire area a must see historic destination.

The Old City Hall building is located within 1-2 blocks of these historic places.  The building was initially planned by the Talladega City Council around 1874. The engineer and designer was City Engineer E. H. Walpole.

 In 1890, the city contracted with B.H. Clardy & Sons to build a structure that “would be suitable for the conduct of the public’s business”.   Official records show the building project was financed by "security bonds from New York City".   Old City Hall was the headquarters and focal point of Talladega city government for many years. It was later sold and the city moved its operation to a more modern building.  

Old City Hall is a beautiful structure consisting of two levels with a grand front entrance staircase to the second floor. Completed and dedicated in 1892 as inscribed on the cornerstone, the architecture is Dutch Flemish.  The front facade has several bas relief scrolls, gargoyles, and other carvings. There is a stone carving on the upper front facade rumored to be the work  of Italian sculptor Giuseppe Moretti who designed the Vulcan statute in Birmingham, AL.  Moretti is known to have carved many statues for use as grave markers in area cemeteries.

Additionally, local stories claim there is a picture or carving on the front of the building depicting slaves working in the cotton fields.  At some point protest from local citizens resulted in the picture being covered.  Looking up you can see a metal like cover on the building.  What's under the cover is somewhat of a mystery.

The building has four different but joined roofs. The peak of which are the two towers with distinct architectural scrolls and carvings. Unfortunately in the 1970s, many buildings around the square, including Old City Hall, front facades were covered with glass, plastic or aluminum in an attempt at modernization.

Over the years, the Old City Hall building was used for different retail businesses on the ground level. The second floor, while not used in modern times, consists of several small rooms and a larger room reminiscent of a dance hall or ballroom.  These are the rooms that housed the city government.  It is a marvelous space, but like the rest of the building, is in need of repair. 

So now the task at hand is to restore this building, to shore up the structure, make it functional and restore it's original appearance as much as possible. Starting with 

Phase 1.  stabilize the brick facade and windows back and front

Phase 2.  roof stabilization/restoration

Phase 3.  Interior Beam/Wall Structural Repair/Restoration

Phase 4.  Interior structural/safety repair/stabilization

Phase 5.  Utilities 

 A portion of the retail space on the first floor will be set aside for community meetings exhibits, and gatherings by various public groups. 

With your help and support, we will shore up the outer façades of the building – to include the windows, bricks, paint, and roofing.  The building will be rehabilitated to not only reflect it's original Dutch-Flemish architecture of the 1800s,  but also to support revitalize of the Talladega Historic Court House Square District. 

Come, be a part of the journey to put the " fix in" at Old City Hall.      

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Thank you for your consideration and assistance

Risks and challenges

Project is in historic district so all exterior work must be approved by the local Historic Preservation Commission. Have had several prior projects approved by the HPC. Seeking to restore building to it's original 1890s look; do not anticipate major concerns that cannot be overcome with thoughtful negotiations and sound working practices.

The building has multiple restoration needs that will require a large amount of money. To work around this, the work will be done in phases. Using engineering and architectural expertise, the most critical need will be addressed as follows:
-the most crucial need is to stabilize the exterior bricks and repair the roofs.
-Restoration in phases: Exterior, Structural repair/restoration, utilities, and building egress.

Building includes 2 street level retail spaces, and a second floor that is ideal for artistic use (music studio, dance, theater) even a living space. One of the first floor spaces will be designated for community use - meetings, exhibits etc, the other for retail.

The overall cost of renovation has been approximated to be at least $800,000. However, plans are to raise funds, do work in phases, rehab and rent out one ground level space in order to generate some income for continued renovation.

Personal resources and crowdfunding will be used to begin the process. Projected completion of entire project is 2-3 years based on the acquisition and availability of resources.

The greatest challenge is restoration of the exterior to prevent further deterioration and then move on to repair/renovate the interior.

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