Demolition of 1928 auditorium underway

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

Spectators drifted in and out of the parking lot Monday as they watched the gradual demolition of Benson High School’s 1928 auditorium, and what served as band and choir rooms for generations of area students.

It is expected that the gradual demolition of the building will take three days. When they reach the front of the auditorium, the demolition crew will be working to preserve the decorative features including the “19 – Benson High School – 28” limestone piece at the top of the building.

Frattalone Companies of Little Canada got the bid for the demolition for $511,522.

While the auditorium and band room come down this summer to make room for the new performing arts center, the junior high classroom area attached to the east will stay until the new classrooms are constructed...


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