Historical Building on WKU Campus Set for Demolition

By: Jon Hardison
By: Jon Hardison

One of the oldest buildings on Western Kentucky University's campus may soon be coming down, but not if historical preservationists have anything to say about it.

Snell Hall has been a staple of campus architecture since 1924 but has sat practically vacant for the past decade.

Now the university is planning to demolish it to build a new science building.

Western's president says it will be much cheaper to demolish and rebuild, rather than saving the existing structure.

But one local architect says it would only cost about $2.5 million dollars to stabilize and restore part of the building.

"Well I've talked to a couple of people and I hope to rally some support from AG alumni that attended this college/building in the 50's and 60's," said David Bryant, a local architect and historical preservationist.

Mr. bryant plans to meet with Dr. Gary Ransdell, Western's president soon to find out what kind of money it would take to save the building.

No firm timetable has been set for its demise.

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