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In Newport:  Good-bye, Spates Block.  

Photos by Joseph Gresser

WEBs spates demo bricks

An excavator loosens bricks from the façade of a Spates Block building. Workers are taking down the buildings on the south side of Main Street in Newport in preparation for a new block-long hotel and retail building. For the past week, the demolition work has been the best show in town, inspiring the Tasting Center to present its demolition burger and diners at the Newport Natural Café to turn their chairs toward the street.

WEBs spates demo crunch

It is easy to see the large excavators as prehistoric creatures dining on Newport’s finest architecture. The spectacle has drawn appreciative crowds during the week and cell phones have been kept busy making videos and taking photographs.

WEBs spates demo view

As buildings disappear from Main Street, new vistas are opened up. The north side of the street now gets full sun during the day, and the roof of the Emerson Courthouse can be glimpsed from Central Street.

WEBs spates demolition cellars

The demolition crew confines its work to clearing the site of rubble on Tuesday. Later in the week, demolition will move up Main Street towards Second Street.

WEBs spates demolition outdoors

The Great Outdoors long ago moved to Waterfront Plaza on the Causeway. Its sign remains on Main Street and now offers an ironic comment on the demolition process.

WEBs spates demolition streetscape

A truncated streetscape marks the progress of work on the Spates Block. Buildings that once stretched from Central Street to Second Street now barely take up a third of the block.

An excavator loosens bricks from the façade of a Spates Block building.  Workers are taking down the buildings on the south side of Main Street in Newport in preparation for a new block-long hotel and retail building.  For the past week, the demolition work has been the best show in town, inspiring the Tasting Center to present its demolition burger and diners at the Newport Natural Café to turn their chairs toward the street.It is easy to see the large excavators as prehistoric creatures dining on Newport’s finest architecture.  The spectacle has drawn appreciative crowds during the week and cell phones have been kept busy making videos and taking photographs.As buildings disappear from Main Street, new vistas are opened up.  The north side of the street now gets full sun during the day, and the roof of the Emerson Courthouse can be glimpsed from Central Street.The demolition crew confines its work to clearing the site of rubble on Tuesday.  Later in the week, demolition will move up Main Street towards Second Street.The Great Outdoors long ago moved to Waterfront Plaza on the Causeway.  Its sign remains on Main Street and now offers an ironic comment on the demolition process.A truncated streetscape marks the progress of work on the Spates Block.  Buildings that once stretched from Central Street to Second Street now barely take up a third of the block.

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