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I stopped by Iola on Sunday to check on what’s left, and I snapped these pics. In front of the main building there was once a circle with concrete benches and lamp posts. To be perfectly honest I coveted the abandoned lamp posts and thought of ways I could possibly “reclaim” them, but my conscience always prevented me from doing so. Well, I should have because the picture above shows the careful attention the deconstruction crew is taking to features that could be re-used. That’s the base and the flattened steel post is above it. I think my reclamation would have been better than this treatment. Damn conscience.
The lamp post in this picture is what the crushed one looked like.
Here are the circular concrete benches. They appear to have been removed carefully. I hope for re-use on the CityGate site.
The Dumpster sits on the circle that once was home to the concrete benches and four lamp posts.
Here the wrecking ball rests on a tire while waiting its job of destroying the Iola main building once the asbestos abatement is complete.
Here’s a view of the former Children’s Building of the Iola Sanatorium (August 1966). The seating area and lamp posts can be seen on the right.
It was built in 1927, and at the time was the largest sanatorium in the state. By the time it closed in 1963 it had only a handful of patients. It later became part of Monroe County’s Iola complex and was referred to as building No. 5. It housed various county offices until 1999. The Iola campus is slated to be replaced with CityGate.
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That picture from ’66 is a beauty. I’ve checked out the area a couple times this month. I can’t help but get a sense of loss knowing what is to come…I wish I knew about this area when it was truly green.
Imagine if they kept Building 5 and had somehow incorporated it into City Gate- sort of like Village Gate- with small shops/restaurants/offices throughout. Per Rocwiki: “The Village Gate is an old factory complex owned by Stern Properties which was converted a pseudo-urban-mall-like area in 1981.” Heck, it even has a smoke stack.