Last week, Linda Trovatore and her 84-year-old mother, Nancy Miller, came to watch for a few minutes as crews continued efforts to demolish of the Elkhart Armory.
Trovatore brought along a request.
She wanted some bricks – 50 actually – that she wanted to use for the construction of a walkway at her Elkhart home. She wanted to take home a little history, she said.
While her mother sat in the car across the street last week, Trovatore ambled over to talk with Eric Zell, who is overseeing the demolition project.
Zell smiled upon hearing the request and Trovatore soon knew the answer.
No bricks today. Or tomorrow.
But Zell said the city of Elkhart plans to save a few hundred bricks and will distribute them at a later time.
Trovatore is one of many wanting a piece of history.
By the third day of the project, Zell estimated he had turned down more than 100 requests while monitoring activity at the site just north of McDonalds on North Main Street.
Trovatore said it was heart-wrenching to watch the demolition. She remembers when she and her mom used to shop for groceries when it was an A&P.
“It was so many things to us. We had to watch it come down. It’s kind of teary,” she said.