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Taking down history

Friday, November 7, 2008

Workers with McIntire Trucking began demolishing the Brazil Public Library Annex Thursday. It is expected to be completed within a week. [Order this photo]
Demolition of library annex to conclude soon

History was made earlier this week at the national level when Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) was elected President.

But a piece of history left the heart of Brazil this week.

The tearing down of the Brazil Public Library Annex, 203 Walnut St., began Thursday and is expected to be concluded within a week, according to Paul McIntire, of Paul McIntire Trucking, Brazil, the company hired to tear down the building.

According to library director Jill Scarbrough, plans have been drawn up to make the empty lot available for parking once the building is torn down.

"When (McIntire Trucking) is done, it will be compacted with gravel," Scarbrough said. "It will be usable when he's done."

Scarbrough added the lot will be paved sometime next year.

The annex has existed since 1955. Prior to that, the building housed doctor's offices.

"It was referred to as 'Dr. Bob's' office," Brazil resident Rob Moore said, referring to Dr. Robert Maurer.

Salvaging and gutting of material inside the building began in late October in preparation for the building to come down.

The front area of the library is also experiencing a facelift.

Brazil-based Mershon and Sons Concrete are currently excavating the front area of the library.

The company will then poor colored concrete in the spot as well as set up planting areas and a bike rack.

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"The annex has existed since 1955" As a former director of the Brazil Public Library, I can assure you that the annex came into existence, I am thinking,some time in the 80's. I don't know if you were simply misinformed, or if it was a typographical error and should have said 1985?

There was a big write-up in the Brazil Times about it. Dr. Maurer continued to practice in the building for years after he allowed the Library to use the other half as an annex.

-- Posted by Baldgranny on Sun, Nov 9, 2008, at 7:43 AM

I remember that we used to go to see Dr. Moon in that office up until the early 80's. The building may have been there since 1955 but as far as the annex goes it would have been the mid to late 80's when it was turned over to the library.

-- Posted by Localguy1972 on Sun, Nov 9, 2008, at 10:01 PM

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