Spring demo

Workers carve out the Insectary nameplate for safe-keeping

Photos by Christopher Gannon.

Vacant since the summer of 2018 when occupants moved next door or across the street, the 92-year-old Insectary was mostly demolished this week. Pictured above, workers removed the building's nameplate over the south entry April 13. It will be saved for a to-be-determined repurposing.

In addition to the main building, the demolition project includes adjacent greenhouses and two nearby storage garages from the same era. Below, an excavator operator peels brick from the Insectary's south facade on April 27. As much of the demolition debris as possible is being recycled.

The Insectary site on Pammel Drive will become a green space.


Scoop shovel pulls down exterior brick on the Insectary