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Afton annex building demo work begins on a familiar date

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Perhaps ironically, demolition work on portions of Front Royal’s Afton Inn began on September 11 – a date now entrenched historically as one of terrorist demolition of two of the most famous structures in America – New York City’s World Trade Center towers one and two, and the Northern Virginia seat of the American military, the Pentagon.

And while the Afton Inn may be one of Front Royal’s most famous structures, built as it was in 1867-68 during Civil War reconstruction, today’s demolition was much less dramatic and certainly not terrorist induced – though had not a reversal of the initial plan to totally demo-rebuild not been made by developer 2 East Main Street LLC, some locals particularly attached to the historical implications of the 150-year-old deteriorating brick shell may have seen it that way – it does seem somewhat of a historical moment.

That is because the hope of redevelopment of the long-boarded up structure once a centerpiece of downtown Front Royal culture, at least perhaps through the 1930’s or ‘40’s, has been a part of the public consciousness of the community for nearly this entire century.

We won’t retrace details of the coming of MODE LLC, then 2 East Main LLC here.

EDA makes stunning announcement on Afton Inn – exterior will be saved!

Inside the Afton Inn – ‘This place … has seen better days’

Developer, EDA answer questions on Afton Inn demo-rebuild proposal, but rather just recount the moment, asbestos abatement of the 1950’s added annex structure completed, at which actual, visible movement toward that redevelopment began on September 11, 2018.

Around 1 p.m., Tuesday, September 11, a lonely bystander watches as the porch structure and its connection to the annex building comes down by hand.

That lonely bystander is Mayor Hollis Tharpe.

Work progresses …

Work progresses …

Work progresses …

We were told the 1950’s brick annex wall is not actually connected to the circa 1867-68 main structure brick to be preserved, which is probably a good thing.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Deborah Suhr

    September 13, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Really stupid to make comparisons between the terrorist attacks of 9-11 and the demolition of this building. Just plain dumb.

  2. David Leonard

    September 12, 2018 at 9:39 am

    “Terrorist demolition,” are you kidding me? September 11 was a cowardly terrorist ATTACK that resulted in the death of thousands of innocent civilians. To call it anything else downplays and minimizes the significance of that day. To try to compare the demolition of the Afton Inn to the loss of the World Trade Center in mind boggling. I can’t believe you thought this was a good idea; let alone publish it.

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