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ACTION! Hoses are spraying the building. The excavator had the backhoe taken off and like a drill point or something put on to the end of it. The hoses focused on the north corner of the building and the excavator attacked! Big pieces of brick wall fell to the ground and the top north corner of the building is gone. At its highest point it has probably lost about 20 feet on one wall and 40 on the other. The excavator is standing down. There was a lot of smoke and some people seemed a little alarmed, so HFD went to make sure some more hydrants were working. The excavator sits waiting while a little...bulldozer? land mover? scurries around underfoot clearing away the fallen brick. He seems to be trying to smash up the big brick pieces perhaps to clear a path for the excavator to make another pass. About 100 people sit watching plus a couple dozen watching from Houston House balconies.

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Excavator has been moved away to the far north curb and has fallen asleep. Bulldozer and 2...minibulldozers, and some infantry continue to clear fallen rubble. Men run along side the bulldozers guiding them around corners as they take debris from the back of the building around to the front for haul off. Crowd is decreasing. This will be a slow death.

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Excavator was pulled around front and is ripping off the front stairs and east corner. I got some video. That ugly silver cladding was ripped off and you could see some arch work where the bricked over windows used to be. Perhaps it was once a pretty building. I'll upload video tomorrow.

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I wasnt aware it wasn't going to be an implosion.. i thought that was the norm.

Midnight sucks... anyone going out to video it ??

Despite what the 9/11 "truthers" believe, it takes more than a few hours, or even a few days, to do a proper implosion.

Besides, this building would have been too far gone to allow workers to safely implant explosives.

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Despite what the 9/11 "truthers" believe, it takes more than a few hours, or even a few days, to do a proper implosion.

Besides, this building would have been too far gone to allow workers to safely implant explosives.

The city awarded Cherry the contract over a week ago. And while i don't know when the owner also picked Cherry after stepping in, Cherry had to be ready to step in and fulfill the cities obligation had the owner not initiated demolition by this weekend.

Point being, Cherry had over a week.. which seems like a reasonable amount of time to plan a implosion of a relatively small building.

... and grouping me in with some wacko conspiracy group was pretty unnecessary.

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The city awarded Cherry the contract over a week ago. And while i don't know when the owner also picked Cherry after stepping in, Cherry had to be ready to step in and fulfill the cities obligation had the owner not initiated demolition by this weekend.

Point being, Cherry had over a week.. which seems like a reasonable amount of time to plan a implosion of a relatively small building.

... and grouping me in with some wacko conspiracy group was pretty unnecessary.

I didn't mean to put you in that nest of nuts, sorry. I've been hearing more conspiracy nuts about 9/11 lately and it's just gotten on my nerves.

A week is still not enough to drill into a STABLE building of that size. Any drilling into columns, assuming it was a simple implosion, would have been too hazardous to do a proper job with.

Does anyone remember how long it took to wire the Montague for explosives?

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The city awarded Cherry the contract over a week ago. And while i don't know when the owner also picked Cherry after stepping in, Cherry had to be ready to step in and fulfill the cities obligation had the owner not initiated demolition by this weekend.

Point being, Cherry had over a week.. which seems like a reasonable amount of time to plan a implosion of a relatively small building.

Mr. Cherry said an implosion would not have worked as the owner wanted to keep the adjoining taller Savoy building.

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Slow going right now. They're on the main street side and have only gotten a little ways in to the building.

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Stopped by about 8 tonight to grab a few shots.

They've been at it for about 20-22 hours now.. . i don't see how they're possibly going to be done by the end of the weekend.

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We drove by earlier today around 1pm. The streets were still closed off but there was not much going on from what we saw. It was raining pretty good though.

We had been looking for the Center Square building (seen from the freeway and were curious why it's still there) and just happened upon the street closure/Savoy demo.

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Stopped by earlier on the way home and they were still chipping away - at the rate they're going I don't see how it will be done before Monday commute.

Maybe it will be cleaned up far in enough to reopen the rail, though...?

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Stopped by earlier on the way home and they were still chipping away - at the rate they're going I don't see how it will be done before Monday commute.

Maybe it will be cleaned up far in enough to reopen the rail, though...?

supposedly at 4am main will be open but it will take 2-3 more weeks to complete demolition

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Video of part of the demolition has been posted on the HAI/HAIF video section:

http://www.houstonarchitecture.com/Video.php?VID=19

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That ugly hotel is still there! It is still standing tall! The only thing i saw was the little building next to it being demolished a few weeks ago.

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That ugly hotel is still there! It is still standing tall! The only thing i saw was the little building next to it being demolished a few weeks ago.

The little building was the original Savoy...the one still standing is a newer addition...who knows how long that one will stand. They tore down the older one because it was falling in on itself and bricks were falling from it creating a danger.

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Western Brick Company on Washington has received a large shipment of bricks from the Savoy. The bricks are known as Cedar Bayou which were made near Baytown. This type of brick is highly sought after but often difficult to locate. They sell for $1.75 each.

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Maybe the demolition of the old building made entry to the new one easier?

Not at all !! It's now impossible. When they first demolished the old building there was a wall they knocked down that led inside to the main lobby of the newer hotel. Since then all that was bricked up :( I miss the Savoy Flats !!!!

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Thanks for posting that link, NenaE - so interesting! So the Beaconsfield is still standing?

Still operational as luxury condos. Every once in a while one shows up for sale. Currently there are two available for lease.

http://search.har.com/engine/1700-Main-3B-Houston-77002_HAR41919314.htm

http://search.har.com/engine/1700-Main-4B-Houston-77002_HAR92673248.htm

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Somewhere in my memory I recall someone on HAIF living at the Beaconsfield - if I'm right maybe he/she can confirm this and tell us about it..

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Somewhere in my memory I recall someone on HAIF living at the Beaconsfield - if I'm right maybe he/she can confirm this and tell us about it..

jdbaker?

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