FRANKFORT, KY (CBS News) – One of the tallest buildings in Kentucky was brought down in a controlled explosion, nearly 50 years after it was constructed.
Capital Plaza Tower, a state-owned 28-story building, housed many state offices, but closed in 2016 after it was deemed unsafe.
More than 1,500 pounds of explosives brought the building down.
The Tower stands 338 feet tall, and is the 12th tallest building in Kentucky. It is the tallest Kentucky building not in Louisville or Lexington.
The remnants and debris left behind from the demolition will be repurposed as the foundation of the new government building. And the marble that was inside has already been salvaged for that building.
Gov. Matt Bevin auctioned off the opportunity to trigger the blast in a “Blow Up Bureaucracy” campaign, with the winning bid coming in at $15,000.
All proceeds will benefit First Lady Glenna Bevin’s #WeAreKY! Foundation, which looks to better the lives of vulnerable children and families.