- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Demolition will start this week to make way for a 100,000-square-foot multipurpose center at the state fairgrounds in Columbus.

Wrecking crews will take down the 56-year-old DiSalle Center and the 46-year-old Heritage Building to make way for the $23 million project, which will have meeting rooms and banquet halls, and use modern technology, The Columbus Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1Esxt81).

The multipurpose center will be the first new building on the grounds since 1995, when the Voinovich Livestock and Trade Center was built. It’ll be completed in 2016.

“It’ll be a big change for us, but hopefully it’ll be exciting,” said fair spokeswoman Alicia Shoults.

Most of the competitions and events previously held in the buildings have been moved for this year’s fair, Shoults said. The crafters will be moved to tents and many arts-and-crafts events will take place in the auditorium, meeting rooms and large hallways of the Rhodes Center, she said.



The adobe building will also be removed this week.

The DiSalle Center served as the arts and crafts building and the Heritage Building housed arts and crafts overflow activities. Needlework, knitting, cooking and sewing were all held in the $465,000 center, built in 1959. It was first used during the 1960 state fair to house exhibits.

The Heritage Building was originally known as the Electric Building, fair historian LaVon Shook said. It was completed in 1969 and hosted arts-and-crafts overflow activities. By 1971, demonstrations of electric appliances were shown there, as well as two semifinal bakeoffs every day of the fair, he said. Heritage also held a year-round train exhibit for over 15 years.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com

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