The demolition of Augusta's oldest remaining school building, Lincoln Elementary at the corner of Fanny and Dearborn Streets was inevitable. A brand new Lincoln School was part of the $48 million bond issue passed by voters four years ago. The new school at 1812 Cron, at the west edge of the block, opened in August of 2011.
The old Lincoln was given a short reprieve, providing a temporary home for Garfield Elementary students and staff until their new building was completed. They moved into their new facility this month.
Augusta's first Lincoln School was an 8-room two story stone building erected in 1880, near the location of today's Middle School. The first Lincoln cost $12,000 to build. That building was razed in 1938 and the Augusta Junior High School was built.
The community's only elementary school was Garfield Elementary until a new Lincoln Elementary was built in 1955 at 1801 Dearborn. The new school and an new addition to Garfield were part of a $475,000 bond issue.
As heavy equipment ripped into the corner of the building and began the process of demolition Monday morning, a few residents stood nearby and quietly watched and some motorists drove by slowly.
They were witnessing the end of an era. The school on Dearborn Street would be replaced by a parking lot to accomodate the new - Augusta's third - Lincoln Elementary School.
Lincoln bricks available
As a way to remember the past, Lincoln Elementary PTO is offering bricks from the old Lincoln building. Each brick will come with a photo card. For a $5 (per brick) donation, you can have a piece of Lincoln history. Send payment (make checks payable to Lincoln PTO) an pre-order your brick. Limited quantities are available. Mail your order to the school at 1812 Cron, or stop by.