Historic preservationists in rural communities across Eastern Washington race against time to save old buildings

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The front of St. Ignatius Hospital in Colfax, which operated from 1893 to 1964.

It doesn’t take long for a really old building to fall apart.

Sitting vacant, the pathway to ruin is only expedited by the whims of nature and time, weather and neglect.

It takes less than 20 years, for example, for plaster and paint to start peeling off walls in crumbly scabs. Wooden floors and walls rot and buckle from water damage even faster. Broken windows give the

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