THE HISTORIC Gilder Hall youth club building in Mirfield has been demolished.
The decision to knock it down was taken by trustees Kirklees Council and voluntary members of the youth club project group.
Gilder Hall, in Greenside Lane, was once a malt kiln with three acres of land. It was originally donated by Mirfield spinster Annie Robinson for the use of Mirfield boys who had lost their fathers in the First World War.
The trust was taken over by Kirklees Council in the 1970s but the hall has been disused since a fire eight years ago.
The project group was set up to create a new sports and community centre on the site.
Mr Geoff Walls, secretary of the Gilder Hall Project, said: "A structural engineer reported that the building was in a dangerous condition.
"There have been two fires there and we could not make it safe."
Kirklees Council is still officially the trustee of the site but there is a legal bid to hand over the trusteeship to the Gilder Hall working party.
It is hoped that building work on the new scheme will start next year.
Carol Gilchrist, Kirklees Council community building development manager, said: "This has been on the cards for some time. A decision was taken to demolish the building on the grounds of health and safety."