ST. PAUL, Ia. – Residents of a small Lee County community continued the demolition of a historic schoolhouse to make room for a parish/community center Tuesday.
Built in 1910, St. Paul residents said the schoolhouse next to St. James parish in St. Paul hadn’t been used since the school closed in 2007.
In it’s place, residents said they plan to construct a 300 person parish/community center.
Resident Mike Mueller said the project reminds him of his ancestors coming together to build the community’s future.
“I think it’s our responsibility to go forward and build something for future generations to use and build on that to keep the community alive,” he said.
Construction is expected to be completed by next April.