putnam hotel deland
The historic Hotel Putnam in Downtown DeLand

This is a developing story. We will update it with more information as it becomes available.

One month after a structural engineer’s report warned that the historic Putnam Hotel near Downtown DeLand could collapse at any moment, the city has issued a permit for its demolition.

The Putnam’s owner, Axia Partners, is contracting with ELEV8 Demolition of Jacksonville to bring down the 100-year-old historic hotel. 

“I anticipate that they will be mobilizing equipment over the next 4 days and beginning the vertical demolition [taking down the building] next week,” Community Development Director Rick Werbiskis told The Beacon.

Plans are also underway, a consultant that works with the Putnam’s owners said, to preserve as much of the historic sand brick that makes up the building as possible.


  1. Well I’m voting against any city official on the ballot next election. They voted against us; I promise to vote against them.

    So anyone of any party interested in entering city government, next election is your chance.
    I’m typing this in my living room filling up with dust from the Putnam while the ground shakes every time a wall falls.

    They’re tearing down the wrong building. Ot should be City Hall across the street. Join me in running this entire city government out.


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