Demolition and salvage have begun in earnest

April 13, 2010

Checkout area...with desk removed

Public restrooms...no more!

A visit to the library now requires a hard hat and permission. I stood in the library today and marveled at the beauty of this building, despite the rubble.  My office is gone.  Everyone can now see the beautiful cupboard, built in 1916, that was formerly tucked away in my office.  The circulation desk is but a memory.   The staff kitchen cupboards have made their way to Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. Everything is marked and discussed: “staying” or “going.”  Sometimes even the “staying” is “going” temporarily just to get it out of the way.  Joe Daniels Construction Company wants to be sure the valuable items that will be reused are not damaged.  Some of them are irreplaceable.

The front terra cotta entrance and pillars are now being dismantled so that it can all be removed and put back together at our new entryway down the road.

It’s exciting to witness the tranformation.  We’ll do our best to share photos and video so you can see too!  (Thank you to Amy Lutzke for these photos and to Doug Hornickle for so expertly removing the shadows for us.)

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