After the outside walls of a historic building on Washington Street collapsed earlier this month, Lovett Excavating and Radetich Construction were hired by building co-owner, Joseph Gee, to handle the demolition.

Lovett Excavating (top and above) worked Monday to prepare the grounds and tear down the back portion of historic 89 North Washington Street.

Radetich Construction crew member (right) sprays down dust with a hose as Steve Lovett, president of Lovett Excavating, uses a backhoe to tear down the back portion of of the building.

North Stewart Street was closed Monday as crews with worked to tear down the back part of 89 North Washington Street.