Historic Building May Be Torn Down

COLERIDGE — After receiving a face-lift earlier this summer the old Coleridge Hotel may come tumbling down.
It may not be safe to allow the brick building on the corner of Main and Broadway streets to stand much longer.
The area and sidewalk around the building is now roped off with yellow barricade tape for safety reasons.
“The walls are bowing on the north and the west sides,” said Village Chairman George Hefner. “It has been beyond saving for years.”
Even though the building was beyond repair, a touch of life suddenly appeared in the windows shortly before the Q125 celebration this last summer.
Silhouettes that were placed in each of the windows made it seem as if there was someone living in the building and added a unique look to downtown Coleridge.
The historic sign over the door which reads “Community Hotel – 1919” was also cleaned making the sign more visible.
Local 4-H members along with some of the students at the Coleridge School helped with the window project.
A grant was received to help fund the project on the building.
An effort has been made to see if there is funding available to the city for any upcoming expenses.
“We are trying to find a grant to help with the cost of tearing the building down,” said City Clerk Bev Felber.

“Nothing has been decided yet – it will be discussed at the next board meeting,” said Hefner.
The building has not housed a business since the Coleridge Nursing Home moved out in August of 1972,  although it was used as a storage place for inventory for another Coleridge business for a time.
The village of Coleridge currently owns the building.