This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Church parking?

Last Thursday by chance someone told me that the house on the corner of Weston and Angelica behind the Methodist Church was being demolished. I had seen a salvage truck by the house several days earlier and wondered what was happening, but unfortunately I did not take a picture. The thought that the house might be slated for demolition never occurred to me.

The Methodist Church recently purchased this property and had decided to tear down the house, probably to use the site for a parking lot. I did arrive in time to take some pictures of the last part of the the demoliton.
 
The salvage crew spent several days removing the old woodwork from around doors and from one of the ceilings. I talked to a person who had been in the building before the demolition began and was told that they had tried to remove an old floor, but quit because the wood kept breaking. 

In the picture below you can see what the wallpaper in two of the upstairs rooms looked like. The paper with the big daisies was bold.
 
About a minute later the bucket of the excavator smashed through the wall.
Half an hour later not much of the house was left standing.
 
Two minutes after the picture above and only a bit of the lower floor was left. 
 
I tried to find this house in the Jasper County Interim Report. I think it is the one listed as a craftsman built around 1910.

By Saturday morning, all that was left was a hole and the old garage.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a bit sad. Progress?