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Demolition of Providence Academy smokestack begins

Crews disassembling Vancouver landmark brick by brick; restoration had been deemed too expensive

By Lauren Ellenbecker, Columbian staff writer
Published: September 8, 2022, 6:00am
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Workers begin the brick-by-brick demolition of Providence Academy's smokestack on Wednesday. The iconic structure, built in 1910 along with a boiler room that warmed neighboring Academy buildings, was deemed too expensive to restore and several preservation efforts over the years were unsuccessful.
Workers begin the brick-by-brick demolition of Providence Academy's smokestack on Wednesday. The iconic structure, built in 1910 along with a boiler room that warmed neighboring Academy buildings, was deemed too expensive to restore and several preservation efforts over the years were unsuccessful. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

One of Vancouver’s historic imprints in the sky slowly came down Wednesday as construction crews began disassembling the Providence Academy’s smokestack brick by brick.

Vancouver-based environmental construction group 3 Kings Environmental Inc. has begun deconstructing the tower, which has stood for more than 112 years. The weakening structure’s neighboring laundry and boiler rooms also will come down.

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