The spring of 2014 is bringing a changing landscape to Vincennes, as iconic structures such as the high school and the former Vincennes Executive Inn are removed. In late March the former Columbia Drug Store and Charlie’s New Cafe — known as the Watson Flatiron Building, circa 1908, was destroyed by fire. A couple of years before, the former Gimbel Bond Building at the Second and Main streets also was destroyed by fire. These erasures from the common landscape bring mixed feelings. The demolition of the Executive Inn and the old LHS should not come as a shock to anyone, even though our nostalgic impulses cause us to reminisce with rose-colored glasses, especially when it comes to reliving our high school years. Thousands who have graced those hallowed halls of Lincoln were undoubtedly moved by the razing of such a memorable building. For much of the 20th Century high school students traversed the classrooms and hallways of Vincennes Lincoln. The school helped to identify the community, and vice-versa.
There are those that lament the changes in our local landscape. Some shared their feelings on the Vincennes Remember When Facebook page:
“So sad,” one person wrote.
“I know things change, but this one hurts.”
“So sad to see the old LHS go … I guess that is progress.”
“This just kills me … such a shame.”
“It just won’t look the same when gone … this town sure is changing …
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