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Video: Demolition of Robin Hood Inn Changes Kent's Landscape Forever

It's unclear what will happen to the property now that the landmark building no longer stands

It took just a few hours to erase almost a century of memories this morning when crews demolished the at the corner of East Main and North Lincoln streets this morning.

When , some members of the community tried to rally and persuade the owner, Christine Coven, to save the building from the proverbial wrecking ball.

In the end, no one could save the iconic brick structure from tumbling into oblivion.

Kymberly Seabolt May 12, 2011 at 06:25 PM
Great video. Thanks for sharing. With no disrespect to the University intended, I am so glad you featured commentary from a former Kent resident/native to remind us that there is more to "iconic" Kent than college life. Many landmarks hold memories for the natives. How poignant that the gentleman came to watch them raze the site of his former Easter dinners and wedding reception.
Tom Baird May 12, 2011 at 06:30 PM
Thanks, Fred. That's something I wanted to see.
Kasha Legeza May 12, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Matt: Love that you got to talk with longtime Kent physician John Jacobs! Dr. Jacobs and his lovely wife, Jean, are incredibly dedicated, hard-working volunteers for the Kent Historical Society. I look forward to hearing their stories about the Robin Hood of days-gone-by the next time we volunteer together!
Kasha Legeza May 12, 2011 at 06:43 PM
BTW, Matt: A tie? I thought you got rid of all those when you became Patch editor, lol?
Bonnie Wyatt Kline May 12, 2011 at 06:44 PM
My parents would have been married 57 years this July 10th. I believe they had their 1st Wedding Anniversary Dinner there many many moons ago!!! So Sad!!
Matt Fredmonsky May 12, 2011 at 07:18 PM
I figured the tie and black shirt were fitting for a "funeral" of sorts. I have a lot of fun memories from there during my time as a student at Kent State, so it's definitely a sad moment for myself as well.
Megan Rozsa May 12, 2011 at 07:37 PM
Great video! Such a good job, Matt!
Jason Prufer May 12, 2011 at 07:38 PM
Here's a great piece of memorabilia from the Robinhood from February of 1999...anyone in their 20's in the late 90's will remember many of these killer nights there: http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/226313_10100151921175774_23307740_47755244_5918010_n.jpg
BARB HIPSMAN May 12, 2011 at 07:51 PM
Wow, love the action of the door popping open just before that side of the building collapses! We'll miss this icon.
Kasha Legeza May 12, 2011 at 08:10 PM
Matt, do you know if the building owner at least let Habitat come in and strip out re-usable items? I would have loved to own that fencing!
Kasha Legeza May 12, 2011 at 08:12 PM
Haha, you're right: That was perfect attire for a building funeral!
Wilburforce May 12, 2011 at 08:12 PM
Knocked down the wrong building........should have been the one next door !
Matt Fredmonsky May 12, 2011 at 08:14 PM
Kasha, I don't know the answer to that. Habitat for Humanity can probably tell you.
Chip Souza May 12, 2011 at 09:10 PM
great reporting with video, Matt.......I think we would like to see more videos, particularly of the new building that is going on downtown. Videos work well with out of towners like me, trying to keep up with what's happening in the ol' home town. keep up the good work!
Matt Fredmonsky May 12, 2011 at 09:58 PM
Thanks Chip. We've done several videos of the downtown redevelopment efforts. Just search "downtown redevelopment" here on Kent Patch and you'll find lots of videos. And you can expect to see lots more in the future.
Seema Jayaswal May 13, 2011 at 12:07 AM
Great job of capturing this Matt! Makes me so sad thinking about all of the great times I've had there. (Love the attire lol)
Debi Downer May 13, 2011 at 12:46 PM
It was going to cost the landowner $500,000 to fix the buildings structure problems. I hope this answers your question on why the building was demolished. http://www.recordpub.com/news/article/5025823
Ray Davis May 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM
Many a night spent in the old Robin Hood, playing music in there, listening to music,fun times but also a very sad time- the night John Lennon was murdered I was there with friends .I hope a new landmark capable of creating a lot of great new memories for people rises from the rubble. Kent was and is a great town, I miss it but visit whenever I return 'home", but I'll miss that sign as I drive down Main Street.
Matt Fredmonsky May 13, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Thanks Seema!
Leigh Peterson May 16, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Very sad. They probably could have auctioned off the sign for charity, too. Shame.

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