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Phoenix Hotel demolition, 1982

Posted on October 10, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
The wrecking ball continued to bring down the Phoenix Hotel in February, 1982 in Lexington, KY. The Phoenix was demolished in 1981 and 1982 by Wallace Wilkinson, who planned to use the site to construct the World Coal Center skyscraper. It was never built and the site eventually became the Park Plaza Apartments and Phoenix Park. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

A wrecking ball brought down the Phoenix Hotel in downtown Lexington in February 1982. The Phoenix was demolished in 1981 and 1982 by Wallace Wilkinson, who planned to build the World Coal Center skyscraper. It was never built, and the site eventually became the Park Plaza Apartments and Phoenix Park. Wilkinson was elected governor in 1987, serving one term. Click here to see other photos from our archives of the landmark hotel. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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