A major part of St. Mary’s Parish’s past will be history this summer. Parts of the St. Mary’s Decatur Street Convent, however, could live on in area homes.
Volunteers with Firelands Habitat for Humanity have spent four days salvaging materials to sell at their ReStore on U.S. 250.
An open house is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday for the public to take one last look at the building’s interior — and perhaps take items that Habitat for Humanity left behind.
The convent was built in 1877 and originally served as a girls’ school. Deacon Jeff Claar, the church businessmanager, said the building has been vacant since thepurchase of a new convent on Fulton Street in 2000.
A lack of parking and high utilities and maintenance costs are obstacles to the building’s continued use, and it will be razed. ReStore manager Nancy Smith said volunteers have taken at least a mile of woodwork out of the building, but there is some left for people who have the know-how to remove it.