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House demolition, 1985

Posted on July 28, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
Willis Bastin emerged from the floor of a house he was tearing down on Central Avenue in Lexington on June 26, 1985. Bastin, 23, quit his noon to 8pm job driving a forklift and established his own demolition company, W.N. Bastin Contracting Company. He was razing three houses at 614, 618 and 622 Central Avenue. The Lexington-Fayette County Historic Commission called them "turn-of-the-century T-plan cottages" built between 1895 and 1900. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

Willis Bastin emerged from the floor of a house he was tearing down on Central Avenue in Lexington on June 26, 1985. Bastin, 23, quit his noon-to-8 p.m. job driving a forklift and established his own demolition company, W.N. Bastin Contracting Co. He was razing three houses at 614, 618 and 622 Central Avenue. The Lexington-Fayette County Historic Commission called them “turn-of-the-century T-plan cottages” built between 1895 and 1900. Bastin has made a career of demolition. His company is now called Diversified Demolition. Photo by Ron Garrison | Staff

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