Thursday, February 14, 2008

Tearing Down the Cocoanut Grove

Franklin Avenue reader Tess Inman has also spent a great deal of time in recent years working on productions at the Ambassador Hotel; she's taken a special interest in the grand, historic building's destruction.

Tess spent some time today at the site, chronicling the destruction of the last remaining portion of the hotel, the famed Cocoanut Grove nightclub. She writes:

I was there for about an hour today, as the west wall was being taken down. You will be able to see the supports on the Eastern wall. They will be putting up a new wall against that one, then finishing the outside to look like this one. (To help hold up the structure safely, while still retaining " an original wall " of the Grove.) So far as I know, they are keeping the Circular Drive feature, and will recreate the original opening with the original tile and glass block that was carefully taken down.

Tess took the photo above; here are a few more that she took on Wednesday:

12:47 p.m.: Grove still standing

1:12 p.m.: Clawing the wall

1:23 p.m.: Claw and dust

1:31 p.m.: Water spray and debris

1:43 p.m.: Eastern wall with supports

1:50 p.m.: Circular entrance

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