WENATCHEE — The Horan House, a historic landmark that sat on the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia Rivers since 1899, has been demolished.
An excavator was loading debris from the structure on a truck Monday, but it’s unclear where it will be sent.
The building’s owner, Nevio Tontini, was not immediately available to comment.
He applied for a demolition permit for the structure in November and it was issued on Feb. 12 by the city of Wenatchee, according to city records.
Michael Horan, one of Wenatchee’s first developers and business, was the building’s first owner and its namesake. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and served as a popular restaurant in the 1980s and 1990s.
Port of Chelan County Commissioner and developer Rory Turner began exploring ways to save the building last fall, but no suitable use for it was found and the plan never got off the ground.
About 12 feet of the structure would have to be torn off before it could be moved, Turner said in February. Any remodel would cost have cost at least $500,000 to $600,000.
Now Turner is working with Nevio and Beth Dobbs, a Horan family member and the co-owner of Horan Estates Winery, to memorialize the site.
It’s unclear what the end result will be, but Turner said he’d like to see the site offer people river access and a chance to learn about the Horans’ history.
“What we’re trying to do is somehow get river access there, and hopefully some parking for people,” Turner said in an interview Monday. “We have access to one of the more unique areas of the river there.”
The Chelan County PUD, which recently purchased land near the site for a new consolidated headquarters, has been interested in the Horan property, Turner said, but no official deal has been made.