Junction officials to condemn White Hall

A letter of condemnation dated Nov. 15 potentially allows the city of Grand Junction to demolish what is left of White Hall, 600 White Ave., after a fire gutted the historic building Sept. 15. The property owner says she is making preparations for its demolition.

City and county officials this week moved to condemn the fire-gutted remains of White Hall even as the building’s owner says she is preparing for its demolition.

Rosemarie Glas of Collbran, property owner and registered agent for White Hall LLC, said Friday she was unaware of the notice of condemnation that was posted Tuesday at 600 White Ave. by the Mesa County Building Inspection Department, acting on behalf of the city of Grand Junction. Glas said she recently received the first few bids for a demolition project at the corner, but firm plans are not in place.

“It was a beautiful building and can never be replaced,” she said.

A letter of condemnation dated Nov. 15 potentially allows the city of Grand Junction to demolish what is left of the structure after 30 days and place a lien on the property. The county’s building-inspection division represents the city of Grand Junction in the matter, said Mike Mossburg, chief building official for the Mesa County Building Department.

“If it still had a roof on it we wouldn’t have been quite so aggressive in the language,” Mossburg said of the condemnation letter.

“The portico (facade facing White Avenue) is standing up there on its own, and it really is in question how strong it is.”

Snowfall and other inclement weather also are a concern, he said.

“I’m no structural engineer, but we have no guarantee there is not going to be further collapse,” Mossburg said, adding, “We needed to do something to get the wheels rolling here.”

Since the Sept. 15 fire that destroyed the main sanctuary of the former First Presbyterian Church, Mossburg said he’s had no contact with Glas or any other representative of the ownership. The church was dedicated in 1928.

Grand Junction Fire Department spokesman Mike Page said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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