'Red School House' torn down to make way for future
BATON ROUGE - A familiar sight for Capital Area residents disappeared from view on Monday as crews demolished "The Red School House" in Bocage Village.
After discussions about relocating, the owner of the "School Time" building, a company that sells school uniforms, decided to tear down the old structure and use the space to provide parking and green space for a new building that is receiving the final touches right now. Construction on the new building began last October.
The red brick structure was erected in the 1900's and served as the White Plantation. In the 1940's, the Alphine family moved in and proceeded to occupy the iconic building for four generations. Family members came to the site to remove mementos of their family history before the house was torn down.
"Once we pulled up the floor boards, the sub flooring was marked with the Bogalussa Wood Mill company. Bogalussa wasn't even a city until 1906, and didn't start producing wood until 1908. So all of this wood is most likely some of the first wood put out by the wood mill. It's beautiful. Some of it's 4 inch oak, some of it's pine, some of it's cypress. It's all beautiful, beautiful wood. I'm so glad they let us come back and take some of it so we can use it for later." said Lacy Alphin, part of the family that occupied the home.
President of School Time, Jeff Daquanno says he is confident the changes to the building are a step forward for the company he leads. When asked if he was afraid the company would lose some of its character following the move to the new center of operations, he said that wouldn't be a problem because the character of his company comes from his staff.
The new home of School Time corporate headquarters will be opening in the next few weeks.