Former Maroons Bar in Pottsville Demolished Saturday
The historic brick building in downtown Pottsville which used to house the former Maroons bar and an antique store before that faced the proverbial wrecking ball on Saturday.
A crew from SDL Construction, of Orwigsburg, made quick work of the corner property at North Centre and Nichols streets in the city.
By about 2 p.m., the 556 North Centre St. facade was gone, leaving only the rear of the massive building, which extended back to near Progress Ave.
An excavator gave a few final pushes with its shovel to knock down the last remains of the street-level portion of the building.
A plume of dust rose up as debris and the last few bricks crashed to the ground below.
Former Maroons Bar in Pottsville Demolished
And so goes another historic brick building in downtown Pottsville.
Earlier this year, it was reported that the south face of the building, which had long been covered from the public’s eye by another building, was deemed a hazard. Facing a decision of whether to repair the building or demolish it, building owners decided to raze it.
The property was purchased by Roy and Janice Smith, of Lebanon, in July 2020. Smith, who runs a counseling business about a block away on N. Centre St., denied rumors at that time that he’d planned to demolish it.
21st Century History of the Maroons Bar in Pottsville
After spending a few years vacant at the turn of the Century when it had been the Curious Goods antique store, this historic building was completely renovated and transformed into the Maroons Sports Bar & Grill when it was sold in 2002 to James Croley.
This is what the building looked like in 1994 when it was Curious Goods:
Pottsville Area Development Corp. got a hold of the deed in 2007 and sold it to Robert and Karen Dittmar, who continued to operate the business that was a tribute to the historic Pottsville Maroons football team, which was robbed of the 1925 NFL championship.
The building was sold at auction in 2015 to R&R Legacy Investments and then sold again last year to the Smiths. Here’s a look at the building as it was last seen before demolition.
In addition to the building itself, the structure also featured some notable artwork, too.
Several murals were painted by the late Dave Naydock in areas that used to be windows on the north face of it. And when a neighboring structure was demolished, it revealed a near pristine “ghost ad” for Mail Pouch Tobacco painted across the entirety on the south face.
While it’s sad to see the building go, losing this may be the real tragedy here:
Working for the Weekend
Check out this sequence as steel beams from the former Maroons bar in Pottsville are neatly stacked on a pile by this excavator from SDL Construction.
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