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High renovation costs, structural danger spell doom for Foust House

October 15, 2001

After much consideration and based on the advice of contractors and architects, APSU officials have decided to raze the Foust House, which is on the Registry of Historical Places.

President Sherry Hoppe had hoped to renovate the building for use as a Faculty Club or International House.

However, after several consultations with contractors and architects, Hoppe and Dr. Bob Adams, vice president for finance and administration, have accepted the findings, which show that renovation of the Foust House would be prohibitively expensive. Additionally, the house poses a real danger to anyone entering it because of significant structural defects.

The Tennessee Board of Regents has given its permission to remove the building. The decision has gone to the Historical Commission and, ultimately, will go back to the State Building Commission for final approval.

Plans call for the construction of new student housing on the land.