Troy Masonic Temple Named "Place in Peril"


By Brittany Bivins

A downtown Troy building is a "place in peril."

That's according to the Alabama Historical Commission, which placed the old masonic temple on its annual list last week.

The building on Three Notch Street dates back to 1892. Since then, it's been home to the masonic lodge, post office, and a drug store. However, decades of bad weather and a leaky roof have taken their toll. City officials say renovations are vital to preserve a piece of Troy's history, but they don't have the funding for it yet. They say that puts the entire building in jeopardy.

The building's owner, Charles Synco, runs Sync's Drugs on the ground floor. The drugstore has been in operation for more than 50 years. He says he's open to restoration efforts, but can't complete the expensive repairs by himself.

The state declared downtown Troy a historic district earlier this year. That distinction doesn't provide any money for restoration efforts. The city hopes to get the downtown district placed in the National Register of Historic Places. That would make the masonic temple eligible for federal grants.

Years down the road, a lot of the people won't be there to be able to tell the stories. You keep the building, the stories and the history stay alive," said Melissa Sanders with the Downtown Troy Committee.




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