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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- After months of trying to find ways to save the historic Cupples Seven Warehouse downtown, demolition has finally begun.

Preservationists may be sad to see it go, but a lot of Cardinals fans wish it was already down because Spruce Street, just west of Busch Stadium, has been closed since 2011.

The fear was the building would fall down on its own and that is why the company now taking it down is taking its time.

After all the failed proposals and fallen hopes, the walls of the Cupples Seven building are now falling to the pavement. As demolition crews from Spirtas wrecking take the place apart. Not with a headache ball, but by hand, which is quite a headache.

And that means workers using jackhammers from lifts seven stories high, taking the walls apart brick by brick until they are sure it is not going to fall down on its own.

But why not just blow it up? Well, the problem is too much has already fallen down.

Eventually they will be able to bring the building down with heavier equipment.  Some will be on site starting Thursday standing by until ironically, the building is stable enough to really wreck it.