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PURCHASE THESE PHOTOS AT PJSTAR.COM DAVID ZENTZ/JOURNAL STAR.Alan Ford, working for an independent contractor, takes a break while working to salvage what can be taken from 901 North Maplewood Avenue, one of the first homes to be vacated and demolished in preparation for the Bradley University expansion in April. Before the homes are demolished, contractors come in to save everything from antique doorknobs to copper wiring. For the last two years Ford he's worked maintenance for many of the homes near there. Now he's working to tear them apart. "It's the end of an era. But it's the beginning of a new one," he says.

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PURCHASE THESE PHOTOS AT PJSTAR.COM       DAVID ZENTZ/JOURNAL STAR.Alan Ford, working for an independent contractor, takes a break while working to salvage what can be taken from 901 North Maplewood Avenue, one of the first homes to be vacated and demolished in preparation for the Bradley University expansion in April. Before the homes are demolished, contractors come in to save everything from antique doorknobs to copper wiring. For the last two years Ford he's worked maintenance for many of the homes near there. Now he's working to tear them apart. "It's the end of an era. But it's the beginning of a new one," he says.