The oldest section of the Palace Amusements, the Carousel House, dating back to 1888, was demolished early this morning.
The move was seen as a pre-emptive strike by Boardwalk redevelopers Asbury Partners, to end recent renewed efforts by preservationists to save the building.
It's a completely needless waste, in my view, of one of America's oldest surviving amusement structures. With just a little bit of effort, it could easily have been dismantled, renovated and re-erected elsewhere in Asbury.
Before and After photos are below (courtesy of www.restoreradio.com
Dave BEFORE AFTER