GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — On July 4, 1932 the Osceola Hotel complete with the marching band along Commerce Street in downtown Geneva opened its doors for the first time during the height of the Great Depression.

It was considered one of the most elegant, swankiest banquet halls in this section of the country.

Two years ago, Geneva natives Rocky and Jan Motley purchased the old structure. But due to COVID and
the lack of supplies and manpower, there have been several construction delays.

The goal is to bring the hotel back to its former glory days. Plans are to subdivide it into three apartments,
a banquet hall, and even one or two retail businesses.

That will be the next big step, the roof will go on, put windows, doors, and everything,” Rocky said. “Finish up the front and then we’ll start the interior build while we start on apartments up at the top, and we’ll have six bed and breakfast pews once the project gets a little further on.”

Following this Friday night’s Geneva High homecoming football game, the class of 2022 will hold its 20th anniversary under the stars inside the Osceola. The first time a banquet has been held inside the structure since the early 1970’s.

Motley says he’s not on a timeline but hopes to have the Osceola Hotel refurbished in coming years.