In 1975 the building was purchased by Spiller Furniture as a downtown showroom. That company closed in 2002 and sold the building to the adjacent Christ Episcopal Church. Unable to maintain the 100-year-old structure, the church's vestry voted in 2008 to pursue demolition.
In December 2009 the Tuscaloosa City Council voted to lease the building from the church and renovate the ground floor as the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, managed by the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa. A grant from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development allowed the city to proceed with their plans. However, the lowest bid for renovation work, which was budgeted at $1.33 million, came in $1.9 million, forcing the city to seek ways to cut cost from the project.
- Stevenson, Tommy (April 26, 2009) "Demolition looms for downtown Spiller Building". Tuscaloosa News
- "Arts center could become downtown hub." (December 18, 2009) Tuscaloosa News
- Dewitt, Robert (September 27, 2010) "City Council rejects bids for renovation." Tuscaloosa News