I am just about even. I have arranged to rent a small Texas farm on credit. I expect to plant some citrus trees. I have no regrets. Business provides some stimulating experiences and I enjoyed all of these during my business career. The Prichard School is the owner of real estate worth at least $1,500,000 and will develop as has been planned. I expect to come back. -Fred Prichard in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1928.1
The Prichards visited the school regularly, but never again resided in West Virginia. Prichard lost most of his fortune in the Great Depression and was forced to sell his hotel. He died in 1960 at age 89. In 1970, the Hotel Prichard closed and was renovated to offices and apartments. By the 2000s, the former hotel had become associated with crime and drug activity. The Prichard was briefly rebranded as a drug rehabilitation facility called Hope Tower in 2014, before being closed for building code violations in 2015. In 2016, it was announced that Christ Temple Church had acquired the Prichard and was in the process of renovating the structure, but the church’s plans for the building have not been publicly released.
In 1926, the Prichard House was deeded to Prichard’s younger brother. According to the Huntington City Directory, the Prichards then moved into their hotel while the brother and his family moved from Virginia to live in the house. However, the family reportedly claimed that the house was too small and moved out within a year. From 1927 to 1950, the house variously sat vacant or was used as a rental property. Mrs. Mabel McClintock Ritter, the widow of Lloyd Charles Ritter, for whom Ritter Park was named, purchased the home for $53,000 in 1950. Mrs. Ritter fixed previous issues with the house and updated the interior to her liking, including fixing the leaking roof by installing a tar paper and gravel roof. In 1961, Jessie Vaughan Ratcliff, the wife of Gilbert A. Ratcliff, M. D, one of Huntington's leading obstetricians, purchased the Prichard House for $60,000. Today the home is still a private residence, and many Huntington residents remain unaware of the house’s connection to the development of downtown Huntington.