Koerner Commercial Block: Trash or Treasure

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    Indiana Landmark Southern Regional Director Greg Sekula of New Albany dragged a mattress to a dumpster Monday at the Koerner Commercial Block building in Birdseye. Save The Koerner Block Committee volunteers gathered to clean behind and inside the structure. The interior of the building will be emptied of all items with no historical significance. Indiana Landmarks hopes to find a buyer who is willing to rehabilitate the building, or the Save The Koerner Block Committee hopes to be able to form a nonprofit to support the effort to preserve the building on State Road 145 that was built in phases starting in 1893. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Sekula, left, handed bricks to Judy Wilson of Birdseye. Wilson recalls when the back wall collapsed in 2013. “You could hear it all over town. I didn’t know what it was,” Wilson said. “It was a surprise but it really woke everyone up to the fact that we needed to do something.” More of the brick wall has been razed in the process of stabilizing the building. The bricks that are salvageable will be used to rebuild the wall and the partial brick pieces will be used to fill in the cistern. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Roy Partenheimer of Birdseye stacked bricks at the Koerner Commercial Block building in Birdseye on Monday. The intact bricks will be used to rebuild the wall and the partial brick pieces will be used to fill in the cistern. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Roy Partenheimer, left, and Mary Ann Cummings, both of Birdseye, and Greg Sekula of New Albany piled things to be disposed of into a front loader as they worked to clean up the Koerner Commercial Block building in Birdseye on Monday. Partenheimer remembers shoveling coal into the stove in the store when he was a boy. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Judy Wilson of Birdseye cleaned up debris as Laura Renwick of New Albany, community preservation specialist at Indiana Landmarks, stacked bricks at the Koerner Commercial Block building in Birdseye on Monday. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Laura Renwick of New Albany stacked bricks at the Koerner Commercial Block building in Birdseye on Monday. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    The Koerner Commercial Block building in Birdseye. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    Stenciling on the walls of the second floor of the Koerner Commercial Block building in Birdseye. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    The second floor of the Koerner Commercial Block building in Birdseye. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald

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    The second floor of the Koerner Commercial Block building in Birdseye. Sarah Ann Jump/The Herald