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“…and the walls came tumbling down.”

A large downtown Havana building badly damaged during Hurricane Michael was eradicated practically overnight earlier this week, after town officials spent months working through the processes required to have the building condemned because of its poor condition. 

The Alexander’s building – named after the family owners – was one of Havana’s larger buildings and at one time held a popular movie theater. It held other types of businesses over its lifetime, as well.

The nearly 100-year-old structure contained significant asbestos contamination, which had to be ameliorated before it could be torn down. 

Pyramid Excavation of Havana began the demolition early Monday morning, with a crowd of people gathered to view the dramatic tear-down. By Tuesday afternoon, all that was left was minor ground clean-up of building debris.

-Sandi Beare


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Photos by H. Allen/S. Beare/B. Dekle