Eastwood clock-watcher Spencer Howard documents the end of the line for the 1935 Sterling Laundry & Cleaning Company building on Harrisburg. Metro doesn’t have any use for the bulk of the Streamline Moderne building in the way of the new light-rail East End Line. But how about grabbing that right-twice-a-day timepiece the building is wearing? The bulky fashion accessory might go with any of several new get-ups envisioned for Eastwood Park across the street.
METRO began the disassembly of the building last week. After several days of careful planning, joints were sawed into the steel frame, stucco clad facade. By the end of the week, a large crane was delivered to the site to assist with the removal of the facade.
The stucco clock was lifted away for . . . storage.
What remained of the building waited over the weekend to meet its fate.
And on Monday morning, the rest was demolished in a matter of hours.
- Goodbye, 4819 Harrisburg. [Architectural Antique Review]
- Saving Time on the East End Line: Sterling Laundry and Long-Term Storage [Swamplot]
- Art Deco Slaughter on Harrisburg: Is Metro Taking To the Cleaners? [Swamplot]
Photos: Steve Parker (crane); Spencer Howard (all others)