Looking Back at the Executive Inn as Demolition Begins

By Kellie Bartoli

Published 01/29 2014 04:55PM

Updated 01/29 2014 06:37PM

After a decision nearly a decade in the making, it's demolition time at the Executive Inn.

Crews are on the site, slowly taking down the pieces.

Many people say the Executive Inn they knew has been gone for years, but that still doesn't stop people from talking about their favorite hot-spot from a time not too long ago.

"Probably nothing like it today."

And that's part of the reason the Executive Inn has remained a pillar in the community, so long after its fall from grace.

"Back in the day it was a wonderful place. But I can also say it's the last executive inn standing and there's probably a reason for that," said Mayor Joe Yochum.

After years of sitting condemned and court battles, the Executive Inn is now slowly coming down.

Mayor Joe Yochum says it's finally time.

"It's going to do so much for Vincennes. It's going to clean up an eyesore," he said. "Whenever you come into Vincennes from the north that's the first thing people saw and believe me, you heard about it."

The Executive Inn was built back in the 1960's, and historian Dennis Latta says it really hit its stride in the 70's and 80's.
"It was really quite something. It was place where, in Vincennes, if you wanted to take somebody to impress, that's where you took them," recalls Knox County Historian Dennis Latta.

Many remember the executive inn as the focal point of the community - a place of entertainment and excitement.

"Having Red Skelton come to town and stay at the Executive Inn," said Latta.

And while the Inn will soon be no more, the power of that place will always live on.

"Important memories... wedding receptions and life-changing events that took place there. So in that sense of the word, when they drive by, whatever is there in the future, that will still be a place that has meaning for them."

A liquidation sale is in the works for some of the items inside the Inn, but no date has been set yet.

Andrews Oil Company from Mt. Caramel, Illinois closed on the property earlier this month.

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