The former home of the Ohio National Guard in Delaware will be reduced to rubble over the next few weeks.
Pieces of the old armory located on 79 W. William St. are being dismantled to be recycled and in the next two weeks, the building should be completely demolished, said Clay Snyder, president of Devore-Snyder Funeral Home, the building’s current owner.
Devore-Snyder originally considered moving into the building, but the split-level design wasn’t feasible for the funeral home. Instead, the funeral home purchased the building in 2009 at a surplus auction intending to demolish the building to make way for an expanded parking lot, Snyder said.
All the wood and stone was removed from the structure to be re-purposed for other projects.
“About 90 percent of the building’s materials will be used in other ways,” said Snyder. “We hope to use the stone in other capacities on the parking lot property, but we haven’t determined that as of yet.”
The funeral home has been in the process of approvals with the City for about a year and will expand its parking lot from 24 spaces to 50 spaces.
“It will certainly enhance our facility,” Snyder said. “It will make us more visible and accessible.”
The 6,930-square-foot armory was built in 1920, according to the Delaware County Auditor’s website. The facility, always intended as an armory, once hosted the first basketball tournaments in Ohio, Snyder said.
The Delaware County Historical Society visited the facility prior to the beginning stages of demolition. It took some articles for use in its historical exhibits and took several photographs of the building for historical purposes.