David Marks, a local businessman and alumnus of Castle Heights, heads The Marks Group. Efforts to contact him about the purchase of the auditorium by The Post were unsuccessful.
One group of workmen on the grounds said they had been contracted to remove the building’s decorative lead windows while another group of laborers was taking what appeared to be materials from the building containing asbestos. Some of the workmen Tuesday were wearing protective clothing for hazardous waste materials and the area was clearly marked with red tape as dangerous and containing asbestos.
McFadden Auditorium was the host site on the Heights campus for the school’s weekly chapel programs, plays and other activities. Frequently the auditorium was offered for the community to use for certain public programs.
While the majority of seats were located on the first or main floor, there was additional seating in a balcony area that surrounded three sides of the auditorium. The seating capacity of the building was more than 1,000.
The bottom level of the building, a basement area, was used for classroom space. For the past several years the building has been boarded and closed and protected by a security fence.
Castle Heights Military Academy closed in 1986. The sale of the building was completed by Lebanon real estate firm C & D Realty and agent Doris Gorman.