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Re: Seligman, Arizona -- the "Havasu"

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  • Michael McMillan
    Arizona Man Has Plan to Save 1913 Harvey House It s the best-looking thing in Seligman... There is a photo and note the link to another article on Harvey
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      Arizona Man Has Plan to Save 1913 Harvey House

      "It's the best-looking thing in Seligman..."

      There is a photo and note the link to another article on Harvey
      Houses being preserved at the bottom. (Paste back on whatever part of
      the link overflows to a second line, if necessary.)

      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."
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