City of Lafayette to preserve historic building facade

Part of a historic building in Lafayette is being saved, brick-by-brick.

Posted: Jan 5, 2021 4:00 PM
Updated: Jan 5, 2021 5:21 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—The city of Lafayette is doing its part to help save the old while creating something new.

As we previously reported, the city is working on a new public safety building and parking garage.

In order to do so, part of a building at 625 Columbia Street will be torn down. It was once home to Sylvia's Brick Oven.

What's left will be turned into two potential businesses, but to keep the historic facade, it must be torn down brick by brick.

Mayor Tony Roswarski said it's a meticulous process.

"They'll take it apart, brick by brick, the part we're going to save, and then they will label and palletize those bricks, those different pieces of architecture." 

The pieces of the facade would then be stored until after the rest of the building is torn down.

Roswarski said it benefits the community in two different ways.

"I think it's a good way of helping save some historic preservation and creating new business opportunities," he said. >

Roswarski says the project provides an affordable place for entrepreneurs to start up.

Demolition is set to begin in March.

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