Community remembers historic Boonville building as demolition begins

BOONVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Crews began demolition on a building with historic ties to Boonville High School and the community.

Demolition began on the old Industrial Arts Building on N. 1st Street in Boonville.

The building opened up in the 1920s as the Embassy Apparel Factory and remained that for about 50 years.

Since then, it's become a piece of history especially for the students, faculty, and staff at Boonville High School.

"They put something on Facebook today, and I was watching all the response," said Jim Little.

Little has taught at Boonville High School for over 30 years. He says that building is full of history, and to different people, it brings back different memories. To Little, those memories include former co-workers.

"Little things like Jim Eifer and his metals class, and Captain Roy Wilson over there in his shop class and drivers ed," Little said.

For the students, Little thinks of the urban legends that get past down through the years.

"Students would have to walk across right there. We had the flashing lights," Little said. "There was always the legendary student that got hit by somebody."

Officials say they are in no rush to demolish the building and currently have no plans as to what will be built in its place.

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