[The Brazil Times nameplate] Light Rain Fog/Mist ~ 55°F  
High: 64°F ~ Low: 48°F
Saturday, Apr. 30, 2016

Adamson dry cleaning comes down

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A wrecking crew began taking down Adamson's Dry Cleaning, 608 W. National Ave., Brazil, Tuesday morning. [Order this photo]
Hoosier singer-songwriter John Mellencamp once sang, "When the walls, come tumblin' down."

And a few walls in Clay County are coming down as well.

A construction crew was in Brazil Tuesday to begin the process of taking down a piece of county history, Adamson's Dry Cleaning business, 608 W. National Ave., Brazil.

Owner Fred Adamson closed the business, which had operated in Brazil for 60 years, in late 2007.

On Tuesday, Adamson said he had a somber feeling watching the building come down.

"I'm adjusted to it now," he said. "I went through a lot of turmoil (early on), but I've reconciled myself."

Adamson got into the laundry business in 1948, starting with a coin laundry shop in Brazil. He branched out into dry cleaning in the 1960s.

Mike Wood, crane operator for Casey-Bertram, a wrecking crew based in Indianapolis, began the demolishing process Tuesday morning at 9:30. He said he planned to work from the back of the building to the front and that it may take a week to 10 days to complete.

Adamson said the building had stood in the area since 1905.

Despite closing the dry cleaning business, Adamson still operates Adamson's Fabric Care Services, 711 E. National Ave., Brazil.

Adamson said the lot on the west-end of Brazil, however, will go up for sale, along with the laundry service that resides next to it.

Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. If you feel that a comment is offensive, please Login or Create an account first, and then you will be able to flag a comment as objectionable. Please also note that those who post comments on thebraziltimes.com may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.

This story is incomplete. Why wasn't the OBVIOUS question asked and answered?

OK, the business closed...why does that necessitate the building being torn down?

...and the last sentence of the story doesn't make sense to me. "Adamson said the former dry cleaning business on the west-end of Brazil, however, is up for sale [isn't that what is being torn down?], along with the laundry service that resides next to it.

I do want to recognize Fred Adamson for his long and loyal tenure as a business man in this community. Enjoy your well-deserved retirement Fred.

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Tue, Sep 9, 2008, at 12:32 PM

Actually, John Mellencamp sang "When the walls come tumblin' down", although the song does include the word "crumblin'" as well. Anyway it doesn't really apply here, does it?

-- Posted by bsmom on Tue, Sep 9, 2008, at 1:31 PM

Excuse me, but the actual sentence was that

"the LOT on the west end of Brazil, however,

will go up for sale, along with the laundry service that resides next to it."

Thanks for letting me point that out!

-- Posted by JaniLou on Tue, Sep 9, 2008, at 2:10 PM

Rumor through the grapevine is Mario is going to build another resturant there...who knows if there is any truth to that though.

-- Posted by Six Foot Town on Tue, Sep 9, 2008, at 2:32 PM

Because the building was old and junk, we need to make our town look better and keeping around old buildings isn't going to let that happen!

-- Posted by Pro Se on Tue, Sep 9, 2008, at 2:33 PM

I drove by there a while back & it looked like bricks had already begun to fall. I'm assuming the building was just unsafe. Sorry to see a piece of history go, though.

-- Posted by th1953 on Tue, Sep 9, 2008, at 2:56 PM

It is sad to see this building come down! My Mom worked in this building for well over 30 years...the Adamson's have always been part of our family! We wish you well, Fred and Marge..

-- Posted by melkend4 on Tue, Sep 9, 2008, at 8:38 PM

The reason the building is being tore down is because the top of the building is falling down. Bricks have been falling in the roadway and on the city sidewalk. Maybe it is coming down to avoid a lawsuit. Anyway the eye sore is on its way down. i understand that it was a business for years but its not anymore. It will help make brazil look better.

-- Posted by BigCB20 on Tue, Sep 9, 2008, at 10:20 PM

The Adamson's are some of the last of their kind; a truly hard working lady and a gentleman of the business community for so many years. Marge and Fred, you certainly are a cherished asset to the community and beyond. It's sad to see this icon being removed from our city-scape. The west side of Brazil will not be the same without your friendly professional service. We wish you the best and will miss you.

-- Posted by Shadrach on Tue, Sep 9, 2008, at 10:54 PM

Sure, that's what Brazil needs.......another dollar store or second rate grocery. Not enough is being done in this town to preserve its historic fabric. As you drive done route 40 through town you already are faced with what appears to be a 'gap-toothed grin'. That is where many of the historic buildings have been razed and newly built ones have been set back from the historic building lines. Brazil is quickly on its way to being a town that lacks historic character and charm. It will be full of new, non-descript, box shaped stores with big empty parking lots and aisles full of cheap Chinese goods, maybe a few historic homes, and a whole lot of modulars from 'Homes Express'. Too sad......

-- Posted by T. H. McCrea on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 10:39 AM

Yeah TH ..... Why didnt you buy the building and save it? Easier to be a critic??

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 12:16 PM

Just my opinion.....be snide all you want, it's not going to change it.

-- Posted by T. H. McCrea on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 2:07 PM

For this reason I moved out of Brazil. Do you really want to look at another ugly CVS? Really? I wish preserving architecture was important to the city and its people. A historic (common-looking) dry cleaners building was just preserved in my city (Bloomington) and it is currently now a cafe and luxury apartments. I will just have to remember the Brazil I knew as a child...before Wal-Mart destroyed all the integrity.

-- Posted by softcloth on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 4:35 PM

I will tell you what I miss...that is the JcPenney store that was in Brazil when I was a kid.....

-- Posted by melkend4 on Wed, Sep 10, 2008, at 8:32 PM


The online text of the story was changed. I was the first respondant to the story and as I was typing the original quote, I was able to view it at the top of the page. I typed it verbatim at the time of my comment.

As far as the bricks falling from the top of the building, obviously that is a hazard, but we have at least three (still standing) buildings in our downtown that had the very same problem. In fact, they were dropping bricks on the US 40 side of the building and not a side street sidewalk. So they were even more of a risk. I am sure that it would be cheaper to secure loose bricks than to demolish an entire building.

I'm all for tearing down eyesores, I don't (or didn't) consider this builing to be one of those however.

I've commented in the recent past in another story about tearing down old, delabidated and abandoned houses, of which there are quite a few in Brazil. That is what will improve the look of our town.

Just to remind everyone, there are plans to tear down the 1929 Clay County Hospital in the near future. So if you are a historic building preservationist, you better get the troops rounded up and soon!

-- Posted by ClayCountyGuy on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 6:38 AM

I like that idea. Thatw ould show how people really feel! Worked for the people last time!!!

-- Posted by sassypants on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 8:18 AM

We need a good restaurant in this town, like a steak and shake or applebees; just because they're tearing the building down doesn't mean they're going to put a junk dollar general store in it's place. Some of you old farts need to move forward with the rest of the world ;).

-- Posted by Pro Se on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 9:24 AM

I asked why they didnt just repair the Adamson building and this is the answer I got: The building structure could be repaired, but the insurance company did a chemical analysis and the building it too comtaminated with chemicals that were used in the dry cleaning process.

My one concern here is, what about the people that worked in that building for 30 years or more, and what about the houses in that area? Are they contaminated also? I don't think local residents need to be too concerned, but if I had worked there I might be getting a medical opinion.

I don't like seeing old buildings come down either, but I dont want to be poisoned by them. Hopefully, whatever goes in there, if anything, is tasteful and something the town needs.

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Fri, Sep 12, 2008, at 10:09 AM

Here's an idea for consideration? How about the people who live here in this town, in this county, try supporting the local businesses for once instead of going somewhere else?

Eateries like Applebee's, Steak N Shake or Tumbleweeds or clothing, furniture and other types of sundry businesses check to see if there is enough citizens willing to open their wallets in the area before opening up in a community.

I drove down National Ave. today and the Kids Zone place was having a going out of business sell! I don't have children that age group any more, or I would have at least visited the store to see the selection.

My family goes to our local theater at least once a month. Of course it is not like the monster theaters in Terre Haute, but the staff is friendly and the ticket prices and the refreshments are reasonable...it is so sad that the most we've ever seen in there at one time was probably 50-60 people. And out of 10-12 trips this year to the theater, that was only one Saturday night.

Adamson's is gone, Sherwin Williams is gone, the East Side Tavern is gone... all in one week. I hate to see them go because I remember when main street was a bustling shopping area.

Anyone remember the Christmas Shopping Spree trips with businesses staying open late and they served cookies?

How about Western Auto?

My grandparents always said that when people became mesmerized with shopping in the "big city of Terre Haute" Brazil was going to fade away. Well, they were wiser than I knew because main street is no longer a place where people go to shop on a Saturday afternoon.

Diner maybe, Mario's is beautiful.

The Brazil Coffee Company is great.

There are only a handful of other places that I see people visit, and two of them are bars. But what other unique "hometown" shopping or dinning experiences are there between Chicago and Vandalia streets?

Although I think our politicians could try a little harder to find new businesses, it comes down to us, as residents, supporting our own community.

Where we spend our money is where the economy benefits most. I would rather spend my money in town and see the possibility of someone else being hired because the business can afford it!

With gas prices so high, I would have thought more people would start looking a little closer to home for shopping, dinning and entertainment purposes.

I apologize for the long time on the soap box, but I believe in this community and I'd like to see it regain some of its lost glory.

-- Posted by Cy on Sat, Sep 13, 2008, at 5:29 PM

First of all, I would like to offer my best wishes to Marge and Fred.

Secondly, I would like to comment on the number of local businesses that have suffered in the community.

This is a prime example of what the Evil Empire can do to a community. As some will see companies like Walmart being an asset to the community, it is clear that in a town as small as Brazil, one Walmart can put many out of business within a few short years. If people truly have an interest in their community, you have to make a choice. You can either be lured by the low cost and convienence or you can choose to spend your $ locally.

You do have a choice, use it wisely.

-- Posted by roller2008 on Mon, Sep 15, 2008, at 8:20 AM

Good Luck Fred and your employees

-- Posted by Icareaboutbrazil on Wed, Sep 17, 2008, at 6:44 AM

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: