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Fairmont-South Robeson Heritage Center
Construction pictures

Popes - July 1965

The Heritage Center site began as Popes Department Store in July 1965.

Super 10 - June 1987

The store later became Super 10. This picture is from June 1987.

Future Heritage Center

The future Fairmont-South Robeson Heritage Center before construction began. The building had stood empty for several years before the town gained ownership.

Golden LEAF check presentation

Mayor Kemp speaks at the Golden LEAF check presentation for the Fairmont-South Robeson Heritage Centeron July 27.

Golden LEAF check presentation

Richard Holder, Valeria Lee and John Merritt of the Golden LEAF Foundation
present a check of $504,850 to Senator David Weinstein and Mayor
Charles Kemp for the Fairmont-South Robeson Heritage Center.

Senator David Weinstein and the Farmers Festival Queens

Senator David Weinstein poses with the Fairmont Farmers Festival Queens.

Construction begins

Work by Ronald Nye Construction Company began in late October 2007.
This a view from the back of the old store facing Main Street.

Asbestos removal

This construction worker is dressed in a proctective suit due to the removal of material containing asbestos from the site. (November 12, 2007)

Floor before dirt is brought in

After the old flooring was removed, dirt was hauled in to level the floor.
(November 20, 2007)

Hauling in dirt to level floor

A construction worker hauling in dirt to level the floor in the oldest half of the building.

Awning removed

Employees from Ronald Nye Construction clean up after removing the old awning. (January 17, 2008)

old siding removed

The old vinyl siding is removed from the front of the building. (January 28, 2008)

Plumbing installed

Plumbing is installed for the bathrooms. (February 6, 2008)

Duct work installed

Duct work is installed for the heating and air system. (February 6, 2008)

Brick repair work

Employees from Harvey Dial Masonry set up scaffolding in order to do some
brick repair work. (March 14, 2008)

Red metal siding removed

The red metal siding was removed to reveal beautiful brick arches that will
be repaired to give the building a restored historical look. (March 18, 2008)

Glass windows removed

Wall studs installed

Workers remove the old glass storefront windows and install wall studs in
preparation to give the building a traditional brick front facade. (March 24-25, 2008)

Brick facade started

Brick front almost completed

Workers start laying the brick for the front facade of the building. (April 8-9, 2008)

First phase of brick work completed

The brick work on the facade is completed. (April 11, 2008)

Brick removed from second floor windows

The brick was removed from the second floor windows and will be replaced with real windows at a later date. (April 14, 2008)

Interior walls started

Studs are put in place for the interior walls of the community center. There will be a long hall separating two smaller classrooms from the main meeting room. (April 14, 2008)

Windows installed

Windows installed in second floor and boards put up on one story level in preparation for stucco work. (May 30, 2008)

Stucco work begins

Stucco prep work begun on one story level and vinyl added around windows.
(June 18, 2008)

Stucco added to building

Stucco being applied to outside of building. (June 20, 2008)

Stucco painted on lower side

Stucco painted on lower side of Heritage Center. (June 23, 2008)

Completed stucco work

Stucco work completed. (June 25, 2008)

Walls ready to paint

The interior walls are completed, primed and ready to paint. This is a view of the hallway between the catering kitchen and the bathrooms. (August 5, 2008)

The canopy is installed on the front of the Heritage Center. (August 8, 2008)

Heritage Center sign

The sign on the front of the building.

Heritage Center plaque

The plaque dedicated to the citizens of Fairmont.

Heritage Center window display

The window displays the names of the Heritage Center contributors.

Completed Heritage Center

The finished Heritage Center on opening day, August 29, 2008.

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