Demolition progressing on massive, vacant Lake Street complex
A big piece of Kent's historic manufacturing landscape is getting closer to being just that — history. Steady rain couldn't slow demolition workers on Thursday as they tore down the almost 100-year-old C.L. Gougler Machine Co. manufacturing complex on Lake Street. Watch a video of the demolition here that was shot earlier this year.
Former C.L. Gougler headquarters, to be demolished, will donate woodwork, fixtures
One soon to be demolished historic Kent landmark will help give new life to another historic Kent building. Some light fixtures and oak molding and trim from the former C.L. Gougler and Machine Co. headquarters on Lake Street — now vacant and owned by Furukawa Rock Drill USA — will be salvaged from the building before it's demolished and used to restore parts of the old Kent hotel. Jeff Crane, president of Furukawa Rock Drill USA, said he was happy to donate the usable materials to Ron Burbick, the owner of the old hotel, to be used in its restoration. "The architectural period is similar," Crane said. The old hotel was built in 1919, and Crane said the Gougler headquarters, built by Charles L. Gougler, rose around the same time as the …