Soon to be gone

JGFitzgerald -- November 27th, 2009

LocatorNature is trying to reclaim this building along South Main Street in Harrisonburg, and teenagers with brightly colored paint tried to get it first. The construction of the Erickson Avenue Extension will finally take it before anything else can. The highway will be the building’s conclusion, but I don’t know if there’s any to be drawn from the pictures. Click on the pic for more shots you can’t see from the road.

11 Responses to “Soon to be gone”

  1. David Miller says:

    Fascinating, I’ve never even noticed this building

  2. megan says:

    What was it used for?

  3. JGFitzgerald says:

    The building was apparently a residence at one time, about 50 years ago, according to an H’burger who was 18 at the time. Before that, who knows. There’s faint black paint on one side of the building spelling out “EON.” (Neon? Leon? ) Signs painted on a building are in violation of some current zoning laws, so the building was apparently last a business before we had those. Or before the building was in the city.

  4. Deb SF says:

    There’s a boatload of talent on display here.

  5. Renee says:

    Very cool set of photos – thanks!

  6. Jamie Smith says:

    I have heard that Elvis lived there while he was working at the old Nichols store.

  7. anonymous says:

    When is it scheduled for demolition? There is a group in Northern Virginia calling themselves Art Attack who makes projects out of buildings just before they are destroyed. They might be interested in checking this one out. The photo essay is excellent, they would take that kind of action to the next level possibly.

    Nice work!

  8. JGFitzgerald says:

    Information about the Erickson Avenue Extension is here.

  9. Wick says:

    The buildings have been vacant since at least 1975 when I worked next door at Harrisonburg Garden Center. I seem to recall there had been a motorcycle or rv dealership there before then.

  10. Don Stevens says:

    Hidden treasures like these are so often destroyed without any recording that they ever happened. They are an expression of what goes around so many times in each of our lives but we fail to find a way to express them in any understandable fashion. Thanks, Joe for having the foresight to their value.

  11. JGFitzgerald says:

    The building is now rubble. Knocked down apparently between Sunday and today.

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