Demolition starts on historic Weaver building

Photo via Matt Gard, Lafayette police

The historic EM Weaver building, built 1867, sits on the corner of South and Main Street and was one of the only corner buildings throughout Lafayette.

Posted: Nov 8, 2019 4:11 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The historic EM Weaver building, built 1867, sits on the corner of South and Main Street and was one of the only corner buildings throughout Lafayette.

As WLFI previously reported, a portion of the building's exterior wall fell down back in August. The building had been slated for demolition back in June when the owner Dan Vierk decided to bring the building down due to large cracks in its walls.

The owner of the building said Friday, they are planning to demolish the back portion of the property first so traffic interruptions will be minimal.

"This is being torn down to facilitate tearing the rest of it down so we don't have to disturb main street or south street except minimally and this will enable that to happen," said Dan Vierk.

Vierk added that he expects the historic building will be completely torn down by next week.

He says he plans on salvaging the capitol on the building, the façade, and the front windows. He hopes to build apartments and retail space in the future.

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