White-Spunner Construction, Inc. selected to complete Battle House Hotel Restoration in downtown Mobile, Alabama
Retirement Systems of Alabama is spending $26 million to restore and upgrade the seven-story 125,000-sq.ft. Battle House Hotel in Mobile.
The Battle House has survived fires, hurricanes and pure neglect in its 150-year history. First opened in 1852 on the site of Andrew Jacksons military headquarters, it survived the Civil War and was rebuilt in 1900. After a fire destroyed the hotel in 1905, a new Battle House went up on the same site in 1908. Although it closed in 1976, the hotel was the only building still standing on the city block it occupies when the RSA bought it in 2000.
Dr. (David) Bronner, CEO of RSA, wanted to restore the historic hotel rather than start from scratch, much as he did with the Grand Hotel at Point Clear, said Ron Blount, RSAs project executive.
Blount said the hotel would have 112 guest rooms, suites, a ballroom and a restaurant-bar. On the main level a 10,000 sq. ft. grand ballroom will serve as a bridge between old and new, joining the historic hotel with nearby Battle House tower. The hotel will continue into the tower, occupying 126 rooms and suites on floors four through seven.
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