The old Bibb County Jail in Centreville is an ailing landmark looking for a cure. After the county constructed a new facility, the old jail was abandoned and is without a new tenant. Storm damage, deferred maintenance, and neglect have taken a great toll on the building. Demolition was considered, but the old jail was spared when demolition bids came in too high. Mississippi architect A. S. Hull designed the old Bibb County Jail in 1910. Embellished with ornate architectural elements, the old jail visually complements the nearby courthouse, a grand Renaissance Revival building also designed by Hull. The “Better Hometown Group,” a city coalition, is trying to purchase the old jail in hopes of converting it to a county museum. However, the city is willing to consider other plans that may adapt the building to a new use. UPDATE: There is a petition being circulated via social media to stop the demolition of the Old Bibb County Jail. You can sign the petition here.
4/28/2016 12:44:22 am
Unusual architecture for a jail.Hope it can be preserved before restoration costs soar!
Ray A Campbell
10/7/2018 06:22:29 pm
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Alabama's Endangered Historic Landmarks
Each year since 1994, Alabama Heritage has highlighted threatened historic sites throughout Alabama. The “Places in Peril” list has identified more than 215 imperiled historic resources throughout the state, and is compiled by the Alabama Historical Commission and the Alabama Trust for Historic Preservation. The locations highlight the results of deferred maintenance, perceived obsolescence, development pressures, and lack of funding—forces that now more than ever threaten our cultural legacy. But awareness is a powerful force, too, and can cultivate a renewed determination to be responsible stewards of our heritage. For more information, visit the AHC or the ATHP websites. Alabama Heritage is proud to bring to you a selection of the places designated as perilous. Please keep your comments to information relevant to the featured place in peril. Alabama Heritage reserves the right to delete any comment that we deem inappropriate.