As the sun settled in over the construction zone Monday morning, Doug and Karen Kerns watched as a wrecking ball rose high above old Hancher Auditorium.

The ball paused above what formerly served as Hancher’s box office entrance before being released onto the foundation.  After several attempts, the wrecking ball pounded through the roof of the entrance, sending it falling to the concrete.

Monday’s events marked the first impact on old Hancher’s exterior following months of inside demolition to rid the now-vacant facility of asbestos. Crane operators first struck the north face of old Hancher shortly after 9 a.m., and they continued to strike various parts of the roof during the morning.

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The Daily Iowan