On Wednesday, March 6th 2003, what police called a
"suspicious" fire damaged the brick row building at 730 N. Salina Street.
City tax record indicate the building was constructed in 1870 and it was
within the North Salina district listed on the National Register.
At the time of the fire the lower level was being used as
a pawn shop while the upper floors were vacant. The owner was
several years delinquent in his property taxes.
The city declared the building structurally unsound.
It was demolished the following week.
Other cities have found ways to save
the facade of buildings like this in order to preserve the historic
character of the street.
The pictures below are roughly in
chronological order, documenting this building's final days.