These photos were sent along by a regular reader of the site. He was there when they started the demolition of the bank on that Sunday Morning, and his photos catch the destruction of the architectural elements that City Councilor Dave Brister specifically requested be saved if possible.
I would think it would have been possible, if the operator hadn’t smashed it to pieces.
That just goes to show that asking nicely doesn’t get you anywhere. Contractors don’t care, and just want to get the job done as quickly as possible. Without forcing the preservation of these types of things, nothing will get done. I don’t know if anyone’s been past that corner lately, but the corner looks naked, and IMO no longer has any of the charm it once did. The strip malls make it look like any other commercial intersection in the city.