Construction crews began the job of demolishing the building that was home to the clergy who served St. Thomas Aquinas Church for nearly 100 years.
The rectory is located on the corner of Dubuque and Division streets between St. Thomas church on Des Moines Street, and the parochial school on Dubuque Street. Crews from Ingraham Constructions began on the garage and then moved on to the back of the house.
St. Thomas School Principal Duane Siepker watched part of the demolition from across the street. He said that once the 1910 building was removed, the area would be seeded for green space.
Ingraham Construction crews started the work of tearing down the St. Thomas Rectory on Monday. The 100-year-old structure will make way for a greenspace and next to St. Thomas school.
"They're going to try to save the driveway which will be used for handicap parking," he said. "The seeded area will be a nice place for the children to play."