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Desmet’s Old Sisters Building Burns

A historic brick building once used as a boarding school on the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation was destroyed by fire early today in DeSmet. The three-story building, was a total loss, said Bob Sobotta, superintendent of the Coeur d’Alene Tribal School, which is adjacent to the fire scene. News files at The Spokesman-Review indicate that the building was constructed starting in 1908 and initially housed the girls school of the Sisters of Charity of Providence until 1974. It was known as the Mary Immaculate School/Spokesman-Review. More here. Also: KXLY story here. (Photo courtesy of KXLY)


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