Alright, we didn’t really find hidden treasure, but almost! Some of the stonework from the original building was uncovered during demolition, and our wonderful contractor, Fogel Anderson, plans to restore it as a gift to St. Peter’s. It is on the 2nd floor near the old chapel, and was the southwest exterior corner of the original structure, before the first addition in the 1950s. It is shown here, along with photos of the construction progress. Crews continue to work on roughing in plumbing, electrical and HVAC, as well as framing classrooms and offices on all levels. You have seen some of these demolition photos. Now compare the “before” pictures to the “after”, which show the quick progress being made on framing.
Building demolition continued throughout the month of June, and the changes are remarkable. The interior stairway near the art room has been removed, as have most of the walls that defined Mrs. Kovac’s office, the art room and Ms. Guthrie’s classroom. Looking through the art room area, one can see the posts from the old gym that previously occupied that space. In the resource room, the large opening in the floor looks down to what was the computer lab in the library. That area was once a stage at the far end of the old gym. The crew is almost done with exterior stone tuckpointing and have begun excavation of large trenches in the yard along Meyer Blvd. These are necessary for installation of new water service and drainage systems. The changes to the exterior are surprising at first but the beauty of the old buildings is emerging in new ways.
What a difference a few weeks can make! Thanks to everyone who helped with Phase One of the big school move. Everything we need for the move to Southwest High School is stored in the gym, and everything being left behind is packed away in the south building. Workers have been on site since right after Memorial Day: taking down walls, removing windows, floors and stairs, and tuckpointing the stone on the exterior of the school building. We are right on schedule! Demolition will continue through June.
View from Legacy lot
3rd floor looking west
Looking north from courtyard