A three-story structure on the Newport Bayfront generally referred to simply as the “1886 Building” is no more. A wrecking crew began demolition at the conclusion of spring break last week. The 136-year-old building, originally constructed about a half-mile up river and later floated down the bay to its current location at 618 SW Bay Blvd., had fallen into severe disrepair over the years and could not be salvaged. The property was purchased last fall by Mo’s Enterprises, which eventually plans to build a new building with the same façade as the old one. Until that happens, the plan is to create a green space with picnic tables for dog-friendly, outdoor seating and perhaps a music venue. (Photos by Steve Card)

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.