Searcy House, 1904-2014
Until 2014, this ornate two-story mansion was the only surviving home in what was once a thriving residential area of Tuscaloosa. This grand home was built in 1904 by banker George Searcy. The home was later purchased by the Tuscaloosa County Commission in 1925 and later purchased by the Board of Education in 1968 for use as its headquarters. The Board of Education decided to sell the property, its deteriorating condition leading the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation to place the property on its list of endangered historic sites.
Backstory and Context
In 2013, a member of the First Baptist Church, located directly across from the church, purchased the property and donated it to the church with the intention of razing the historic structure. Despite the efforts of preservationists to raise the $600,000 opening bid, the church donor was the only bidder, purchasing the home and demolishing it in 2014.
Tuscaloosa Are Virtual Museum, https://tavm.omeka.net/items/show/1122