SEGUIN — The Magnolia Hotel faces extinction — but there is hope.

The building that sits at the corner of Crockett and Donegan streets was a hotel that thrived in the mid-1800s and early 1900s.

It later served as apartments.

For years it’s been vacant.

As repairs become more costly the building is showing its age, said co-owner Scott Chambers.

“The house has been getting worse and worse every year,” he said. “No one has been living in it.”

Officials hope that a recent announcement will help that change.

On Thursday, on the south steps of the capitol, members of Preserve Texas announced the newest additions to the Most Endangered Historic Places list.

“The 2012 list highlights historic places that were once commonly found around Texas and that are almost gone or that represent rare construction types. In each instance these places are integral to the communities where are they located, yet they are in immediate danger of disappearing from the landscape,” said Jim Ray, president of Preservation Texas, Inc. a statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

This year’s list names eight other sites: The Kaufman County Poor Farm in Kaufman; the Lewis Railroad Hotel in San Augustine; the Movable Jail Cell in San Marcos; the Panhandle Inn in Panhandle; William Pfluger House in Pflugerville; Ritz Theater in Corpus Christi, Spettel Riverside House in Lakehills; and Union Missionary Baptist Church.

Bringing attention to these historic places can help put them back on the map, said Seguin Main Street Director Mary Jo Filip.

“The hope is that someone who is preservation-minded will see this, come check it out and decide they want to invest,” she said.

“I am hoping by this statewide designation as one of Texas’ most endangered historic treasures, that some new energy will come. Some new investors, some new people with passion and that we will have this become a viable part of the downtown, historic district.”

Seguin Conservation Society President Marty Keil agreed adding that the building could be restored and maybe one day reopened for business.

“If we can find the investors that would go in on this, I think this would make a phenomenal bed and breakfast, tea room and tea shop, restaurant, or something that will help with the redevelopment of downtown Seguin — which is already happening,” she said.

Keil and Filip gave a lot of credit to Wilton “Woody” Woods.

“I am so appreciative of Wilton who took the lead in this and followed through with it,” Keil said.

Chambers and his wife Kara were thrilled to hear about the designation.

“I hope that this will maybe be the first step toward possibly getting this building back on its feet and a part of Seguin again,” he said.

“It would be so positive for downtown Seguin,” Kara. “To bring the look back to downtown Seguin would be a nice step.”

(1) comment

laura lee

i went to this hotel today all the way from North Carolina. The owner would not even let me walk through it and take pictures. He said a TV crew would be coming and they were preparing for it. It made me feel publicity is more important than someone who appreciates historical value and made an effort to find the hotel while in texas. I was very let down by this experience and won't go back there.

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