Here are a few photos from the recent demolition of the former Russell Mooney Oldsmobile showroom and the adjacent building which was the original Russell Mooney dealership as well as a Texaco station. More recently it was home to Random Row Books: The Lewis and Clark Monument at the end of 2013 after the buildings are removed. The demolition has made way for a 7-story Residence Inn Marriott on the corner of Ridge-McIntire and West Main Street. The buildings were two of only a small handful of structures that were not razed in the 1960s when the controversial “Urban Renewal” program took much of Vinegar Hill. Lewis, Clark and Sacajawea, for so long forced to look only westward, can now for a short while, cast their gazes a bit more to the north.
Lewis and Clark Monument, circa 1960, by Ed Roseberry. The Olds dealership (built in the late 1950s) can be partially seen at the left in this image. Some of the old commercial buildings on Vinegar Hill can be seen on the right. These were among the first removed with “Urban Renewal.”
This is perhaps the last aerial photo taken in November 2013 of the two structures intact (the buildings are in the center of this photo; click on image to enlarge). Demolition began just a few days later.
A computer-generated virtual drive-by of the planned hotel can be seen on the website of Design Develop, LLC.
Roseberry images are © Edwin S. Roseberry and scanned and digitized by C’ville Images for our use here. All other photos by Steve Trumbull © C’ville Images 2010-2014