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The demolition of Hams located at the corner of Evans Street and Reade Circle in downtown Greenville continued on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.   (Aileen Devlin/The Daily  Reflector)
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Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflecto

The demolition of Hams located at the corner of Evans Street and Reade Circle in downtown Greenville continued on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. (Aileen Devlin/The Daily Reflector)

Ham's building demolished

By Michael Abramowitz

The Daily Reflector

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While demolition workers were busy Wednesday leveling a piece Greenville’s architectural history, a lone bystander stood off to the side and watched them make way for progress.

“A worker said to me, ‘I understand this used to be a funeral home,’” Don Wilkerson Sr. said. “I told him, ‘Yeah, it did — once.”


The brick building at 701 Evans St. near Reade Circle that stood for generations — first as Wilkerson’s family-owned funeral home and most recently as a restaurant — was razed in preparation for construction of a mixed-use student housing complex for East Carolina University.

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Couldn't the brick building

Couldn't the brick building be restored instead? Buildings like this one are a testimony for the town's history, they should be kept in good order. A couple of JDI Windows of Denver and a new roof would have made the difference for it, they could even find a new purpose for it.

So sad!

Another older building demolished to make way for "better and newer". Too much of this has happened in the city of Greenville in the name of revitalization. Glad I was not there to witness it.

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Bless your heart
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