Historic Building in Cedar Rapids Demolished

by Ben Hoppenworth

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A historic building in Cedar Rapids has been torn down after standing for more than 100 years. The P Hach building in the NewBo neighborhood was torn down early Monday morning. It stood in that location since it was built in 1901. The family that built it used to bottle and deliver Anheuser Busch.

Demolotion crews were on scene around 6:00 Monday morning to begin demolition. Several people protested the tearing down of the building. They say it was a historic building that will be missed in their neighborhood.

“Until Saturday, the name plate, P-Hach said the building was here until 1901. It’s a really important building here in this neighborhood and this community. People have memories... Fond memories they’ve been driving by and telling me how they feel about this demolition,“ said Beth Deboom, a Cedar Rapids preservationist.

One member of the Hach family still lives in the area. He says his great grandfather built it after coming to the United States from Czechoslovakia.

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