Vanished or Vanquished?

Built in 1927 and named after one of the town’s founders Alba Honeywell

History of the school

Honeywell Pic 1.jpg

The demolition begins  🙁


So, this may be something for the Vanishing Challenge, or equally, the possible Empty Spaces Challenge Nancy suggested

I can say this, no one was happy about the fate of the school, and numerous attempts to find a new use for it failed.

Repairs to the building and the yearly heating costs proved economically prohibitive

The Honeywell School nameplate from the north facade was preserved and hopefully will be the center piece of a new Honeywell Park to be constructed on the site

See the source image

Honeywell Park “Back in the Day”

(On a happier note, someone has purchased the Down Town motel and is in the process of renovating it)

Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

5 response to "Vanished or Vanquished?"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: October 27, 2020

    I always have a hard time with old buildings being demolished. Old seem to have so much more character.
    My potential suggestion for a challenge is not only for empty spaces, but anything empty — places or things — if that is something of interest here. I think I will post something with an example.

  2. By: gregblood Posted: October 27, 2020

    I’ve seen a few similarly sad tear-downs of old buildings in MY Town. There is another big building on the edge of the downtown. In a couple of posts in the past I’ve called the old Hudson Sprayer Company building “an eyesore.” It was ugly on the outside and uglier on the inside.

    Well, the city of MY Town bought the property and, instead of demolishing it, sold it for $1.00 to a developer who promised to turn it into retail space and a boutique hotel. After about a year-and-a-half of environmental studies because of its proximity to the Mississippi River, some progress is being made. I’m starting to think they’re going to make something pretty special for MY Town. I’ll post some before and after pictures after a little more progress has been made.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: October 28, 2020

    Such a shame. It is sad to lose the sturdy old buildings with so much character. My elementary school looked a bit similar to that, built in 1912. It was a solid and good school, though I’m sure we were all exposed to asbestos in the insulation that went around the exposed steam heating pipes. All of the polished wood inside was gorgeous though. They tore it down in 1996 (it was in a bad position for a school on a busy corner with a 4-lane divided road on one side and there was no need for it anymore with the population decline). There is now a Walgreens there and an Office Depot where the ball fields used to be.

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: October 29, 2020

    “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot….”

    PS: Glad to hear my favorite motel in Hoopeston might actually become habitable for wandering cyclists. 😉

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