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One more chance to see former St. Francis school in downtown Billings

Posted at 6:27 PM, Dec 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-13 20:27:44-05

Former students at a building last known as St. Francis Upper School will get one more chance to enjoy some memories before it is remodeled.

And by making a donation to Mayfair, the Billings Catholic Schools largest fundraiser, they can also take home some memorabilia.

The new building owners did not want to take everything to the dump, so any item not permanently attached is available.

Most of the approximately 4,800 students that have graduated from the Catholic schools attended classes at what started as the Kate Fratt Memorial Parochial School.

"We just want them to come and see it and remember," said Jan Haider, Billings Catholic Schools Foundation president. "I've had people from the East Coast, from the West Coast. They've been emailing, saying I wish I were there. Oh the memories in that building, and there's a ton of them. A hundred years is a long time to have a building in operation. This one had many, many students come through here. So it's a good tiime to come and say goodbye."

The Fratt Building open house is Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon at 205 North 32nd St.

Russell Fagg, one of the owners, said it's possible the building may be turned into offices or apartments.

He also said he would like to have the building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.