A downtown Findlay landmark, the former Elks building at 601 S. Main St., was reduced to rubble in one day on Saturday.
Demolition work began at the rear of the building and slowly moved toward the front. Near the end, all that remained standing was the building’s front wall, columns and porches.
Then they came tumbling down, too.
Marathon Petroleum Corp. purchased the former Elks building and the former RCM Architects building, which is next door to the south and will be razed next year.
Both buildings will be replaced by trees, green spaces and employee gathering areas as part of Marathon’s plan to add $80 million worth of downtown buildings — two office buildings, two parking garages, and possibly a hotel.
The Elks Lodge purchased and moved to the Northridge Swim and Tennis Club at 900 W. Melrose Ave.
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