Re: Seligman, Arizona -- the "Havasu"
- Arizona Man Has Plan to Save 1913 Harvey House
"It's the best-looking thing in Seligman..."
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Happy New Year!
National Trust for historic Preservation
Story by Margaret Foster / Dec. 13, 2007
An Arizona hotel might have a shot at seeing another year.
When the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad announced its plans to
demolish the 1913 Havasu Hotel, which it abandoned in 1989, locals
publicized the threat to one of the last historic buildings in tiny
Seligman, Ariz., 80 miles west of Flagstaff. The Arizona Preservation
Foundation put the Harvey House on this year's list of the state's
most endangered places.
A "Harvey House," the hotel is one of an 80-building chain of
railroad hotels and restaurants that entrepreneur Fred Harvey built
throughout the West.
Local Frank Kocevar, who spent two years restoring a Route 66 store
in Seligman, stepped forward this fall and asked the railroad to give
him the 60-room hotel, which he wants to move to his 10-acre site
The railroad has given Kocevar until Jan. 8 to submit a formal plan
for the building's relocation. This week, Kocevar received an
estimate to move the hotel's main section, and the project
is "doable," he says.
"I came up with this idea when all hope of saving it was kind of
lost," Kocevar says. "My plan was just to save the building, relocate
the building, and then see what develops."
Kocevar "has inspired other businesses in town to spiff up their
facades," says resident Mary Clurman, who has been trying to save the
ailing building for seven years. "It's the best-looking thing in
Seligman, and it should be preserved because of that."
Kocevar envisions the Havasu Hotel as a visitors center stocked with
artifacts from Harvey Hotels, and he'd like to include a business
that would turn the building a tourist attraction, "just to have that
sort of a monument in town - the town sure needs a draw."