- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

ANDOVER, S.D. (AP) - A historic hotel built more than 110 years ago has been torn down in a northeastern South Dakota town.

The Waldorf Hotel in the town of Andover was demolished Thursday, after parts of the building’s north wall had collapsed Wednesday, the Aberdeen American News (https://bit.ly/1En2ucm ) reported.

“For safety and health and environment reasons, it’s got to be knocked down,” said Ilene Helmer, chairwoman of the town board. “We’re going to leave it in a rubble pile, and the Colemans will have to try to take care of it … Right now, it’s not a very pleasant task.”

Over the past 45 years, the building has changed hands several times between owners who wished to restore, but it most recently was owned by the estate of Robert Coleman, which recently was notified the building had to be razed due to safety concerns, Helmer said. The building was last open as a hotel and cafe in 1970.

The building’s current owners “apologized big time” for putting the town and residents at risk, said Wes Williams, emergency manager for Day County.

“They realized they will probably never have the dollars and time to come out here and fix it,” he said.

The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, according to the National Park Service website.

Andover has fewer than 100 people and is about 30 miles east of Aberdeen.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, https://www.aberdeennews.com


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