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      Old Charleston library, eyesore to some, torn down

      Plans for the old library (File)

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - More than a half century after it was built and more than a decade after it closed, the old Charleston County library building has been torn down.

      The Post and Courier of Charleston reports{} the library with its modern design was considered an eyesore to many who said it didn't fit in with the city's Historic District.

      The city approved plans to tear it down in 2007. But preservationists then waged a court fight to save it saying it was the first public building designed and built after desegregation.

      The case went to the state Supreme Court and the justices last year issued a ruling clearing the way for this week's demolition.

      A new hotel is planned for the site.

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