Boom Demolition on Boren
posted by February 24 at 16:30 PMon
The Northcliffe Apartments have stood vacant for the last four years, according to a neighbor standing at Boren Ave and Seneca St yesterday afternoon. “I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” she said, holding her camera phone. But it was news to me. I’d just ran off the bus because the driver announced we had to take “a detour to avoid a building demolition.”
Virginia Mason Hospital is expanding. The existing wings have some seismic instability problems, the hospital says, so its razing the Northcliffe to make room for a new wing. Fair enough. But, still, the Northcliffe is a stately brick gentleman of a building and he was being torn down, so I was like, “Aww.”
But then out came The Claw—a gigantic articulated arm with a massive steel pincher that can crush brick. And I was like, “Hells, yes, tear that sucker down!”
More demolition porn and a rendering of the new building after the jump.
In the massive FAQ about the hospital expansion, the shortest section is titled, “Rodent Control Mitigation.” All it says is this: “Rodent extermination will be carried out prior to demolition.”
It did smell kinda weird.
I just like the crashing of brick.
That bay-window frame fell the wrong direction, into the street, and crushed a panel of chain-link fence. Awesome.
The demolition crews took a break and I had stuff to do, so I left. When I came back this afternoon, the mighty Northcliffe had been reduced to this pile of rubble.
After the thrill subsided of brick walls falling from sky, I was bummed again. What a loss. RIP, Northcliffe Apartments. Hello, seismically-sound hospital wing.