A long time three-story landmark in Tamaqua is coming down.

The old Burling Mills Sewing Factory located at the intersection of Washington and West Elm Street is being razed. The top northwest part of the building was demolished Friday night as a safety measure in preparation for the complete demolition next week.

The building held many roles in its lifetime. Before being a sewing factory, it was the Eames Bakery, a shoe factory, and also a silk factory.

A few months ago, officials were called to the site for a partial collapse when a few sections of the roof along the western end of the structure had failed. In recent months, police and borough officials have deemed the area unsafe and have placed barricades along the sidewalks and parking areas on Elm and Washington streets.

The historic building is currently owned by Chris Verta, of New Ringgold. According to records, the building was built around 1900 and served as the Taubel Hosiery Mills.

The rest of the structure will be torn down next week, beginning Monday.