Knowing it was coming didn’t make it any easier.
On Monday, September 24, 2012, at shortly after 8 a.m., crews began the demolition of the 1896 Curtis School. Working quickly and methodically, the single piece of machinery from Francesco Demolition of Duxbury had the building reduced to rubble in a matter of hours. The remaining steps will be to load the tangled debris into construction waste containers and haul them away.
On the bright side, the town has agreed to preserve the granite foundation blocks and store them on-site for potential reuse. It’s unclear where they will end up — some have floated the idea of using them as the foundation for the currently dismantled Albert White Barn, or at least having them available as the basis for a retaining wall.
On August 22, the town manager, community services director, and co-president of the Hanover Historical Society toured the building and determined that the sign out front and some of the original metal ceiling tiles could be preserved. They have been moved to the barn at the Stetson House for storage.