Built in the1940s, the building at 280 Liberty St. NE — commonly known as the Wells Fargo building — is facing demolition, but a few pieces of the historical building will still live on.
Eight marble relief sculptures previously adorning the building were removed and will be mounted on the new building.
The reliefs were all safely removed last week over a three-day period by a crew from Bella Pietra Marble and Granite, said project manager Tim Hovet.
A conservator put the reliefs in A-frame pallets, cleaned them and covered them.
Hovet said he is working on finding a secure storage facility in Salem for safe-keeping. Construction and demolition on the 70-year-old building remain underway.
The 21,400-square-foot structure sits in a historic district and is designated as a contributing historic building. It has been vacant since 2000.
In 2005, SP Development bought the bank building and other property bordered by Liberty Street NE, High Street NE and Chemeketa Street NE with the intention to build a four-story, mixed use building.
Plans to raze the building languished for years.
FT LLC purchased about half a block of downtown Salem — including the building on 280 Liberty St. NE — for $1.77 million at the end of August.
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