Crews to demolish remaining part of historic Kilby Hotel in High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — A demolition crew is being brought in to knock down the rest of the historic Kilby Hotel building in High Point after it started crumbling early Wednesday morning.

Officials say the wall and roof of the 104-year-old hotel, which is located on Washington Drive, caved in overnight.

Crews were preparing to take down one of the damaged walls around 3:15 p.m. when a large portion of the historic hotel collapsed.

City officials say that at this point, the building is basically gone.

It is unclear what the future holds for the hotel, but potential developers would have to rebuild rather than restore.

Just a couple of weeks ago, a California-based group expressed interest in saving the hotel in downtown High Point.

The hotel, first deemed unsafe in 2012, has been unstable and in danger of collapsing for awhile, according to structural engineers. The roof of the building partially collapsed over a year ago.


  • Chucky

    If someone really wanted to put the time and money into it, they could reclaim the undamaged bricks and rebuild it in the same style but make it a green building. It would maintain it’s historical appearance. It is just a shame that it was neglected for so long. Guilford County governments (City’s and County) tend to let this thing happen and when they decide to do something it is too late to save it.

    • David

      In all fairness, the issue appeared to be with the owners, not the local governments. If anything, the local government held off demolition long after it should have (or so it appears now) to give an opportunity to have the building restored. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen in time. Perhaps the local government could have attempted to step in and “seize” the property under Imminent Domain (like the Cascade Saloon property in Greensboro), but that’s likely the most they could have done.

      See article from last year in Yes! Weekly

      A shame to lose this building.

      • Chucky

        That is pretty much what I was saying. If High Point had stepped in when the building had become abandoned or unsafe rather than waiting for it to start falling last year, they might have been able to either force the owner to do something more immediately or the city might have found an investor who could have done something with it before there was so much work to be done.

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