Lake Ida Schoolhouse sits at the entrance to Freedom Farm. The schoolhouse is well known in the local community and was in use from 1860 through 1972, educating children for 112 years! The time has come for the Lake Ida School house to be of service once again.
As Freedom Farm continues to grow and provide services to more individuals in need, the need for space for these programs also continues to grow. Right now the new office space is becoming a bit too crowded with volunteers, clients and program participants. The need really has become GREAT and after years of planning the time is NOW. The schoolhouse is to be renovated and a new addition added.
This 'Freedom Farm Schoolhouse' will serve as a weekly meeting place for both our veterans and at risk youth programs. For the veterans this beautiful building will be a quiet, confidential space for group sharing time with an additional healing room for therapeutic services. For the school group this will be a MUCH needed classroom where students gather for team building and discussions. Our riders and their families will now have a 'retreat center' which will provide a space to relax or enjoy a picnic lunch together before returning home.
After almost 40 years of minimal use, the Schoolhouse needs attention! We are so grateful for the support we have received so far, especially from those in the local community, but of course there is always more work to be done!
May 24, 2011 The survey work, donated by Westwood Professionals, has been completed. The renovation design, donated by McMonigal Architects, is underway.
The renovation and addition to the Schoolhouse is being designed by architect Rosemary McMonigal, of McMonigal Architects, LLC. McMonigal Architects collaborates with clients to create buildings individually tailored to their clients’ needs, while paying careful attention to the unique aspects of each site. The goal is to create an inviting and meaningful sense of place.
Westwood Professional Services has provided the survey work.
January 27,2012 Lee Swanson, from Northern Home Seal & Products, will be donating the insulation for the Lake Ida School House.