Going, Going…

by Carl Strang

It’s been a few weeks since I have provided an update on the demolition of the old friary at Mayslake Forest Preserve. Having removed the relatively narrow south wall, the contractors moved their crane into the courtyard, opened holes in the north and west portions of the building, then moved in tractors to clean out the insides and the roof.

The west wing soon was reduced to a framework of supports and floors.

At last a wrecking ball was brought into play, but not as I imagined from childhood cartoons. Instead of wildly swinging around, it simply was raised and lowered to smash and break up the concrete and rebar framework.

By two Fridays ago the west wing was history.

Attention has shifted to the east wing.

Meanwhile, concrete is being removed and holes are being filled around the periphery of the site.

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