A firetrap of historic significance

No decision has been made on old hospital’s fate

LORIN MCLAIN/Miner<br>
The fate of Kingman’s first hospital, later used as a county office building, is up in the air.

LORIN MCLAIN/Miner<br> The fate of Kingman’s first hospital, later used as a county office building, is up in the air.

KINGMAN - The uncertain future of the old hospital on Andy Devine has some city officials worried that the whole thing may be destroyed.

City Planner Bill Shilling said that amidst rumors that the county was considering demolishing the building, the chairman of the Historic Preservation Commission sent a letter to the County Board of Supervisors expressing concern about preserving historic character of the front façade of the building.

"We know the building has got to come down - it's a huge safety issue. But the only concern is, we hate to lose the whole thing without an attempt at some preservation of that front part," Shilling said.

Mohave County Public Information Director Darryle Purcell said the Kingman Fire Department approached the county about addressing the safety issues related to the abandoned building.

"They city fire department inspected it and requested us to remove some flammable materials," Purcell said, adding that the county did remove materials and boarded up portions of the building, yet no decisions have been made on what to do with it.

"They're still talking about some options. I assume it would be going to the Board of Supervisors before anything was done about it," he said.

"It's just a topic of what are we going to do. Right now, it's a matter of putting Band-Aids on it so nobody gets hurt."