I've spent most of my life living or working in Doylestown. Still, sometimes I forget that the way I picture the town isn't the way it's always been.
I'm not just talking about hundreds of years ago, either. For example, try asking any local born before 1960 about the high school.
I don't mean Central Bucks West -- Up until 1973, there was a building in the center of Doylestown that most people thought of as the high school. It was gorgeous.
It looked like this:
Until 1952, when Central Bucks High School (later CB West) was constructed, the gorgeous building at Broad and E. Court streets was where Doylestown students went to school. Afterward the building served as a number of things, including the Administration Annex for the Bucks County Courthouse.
Then, in 1973, it burned down.
My friend Milt from the Doylestown Historical Society let me scan some photos from the demolition of the building after it was gutted by the fire. Click any of 'em for a larger view.