It’s a little building with many lives.

About 25 years after Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Davenport bought a 22-by-36-foot classroom from the Iowa City School District to use as a school classroom, the building has been moved again for a whole new life as a classroom for Vineyard Church of Davenport.

On Monday, Goodwin House Movers of Washington, Iowa, moved the structure from Our Lady of Victory on North Division Street to Vineyard, located off Pine Street just north of West Kimberly Road.

Pat Street, pastor of Vineyard, said Our Lady of Victory had undergone renovations and no longer needed the building. Street said his church bought it for $1 and will use it for classrooms on Sundays and for the youth group on Wednesday nights. First, the church will do some interior touchups and get utilities and a heating system hooked up.

Judy Johnson, business manager for Our Lady of Victory, said at one time four mobile classrooms were used for the church’s school, John F. Kennedy Catholic School, which offers pre-kindergarten through eighth grade classes.

She said the school now has a record 475 students and all the mobile classrooms are gone.

“It was a momentous occasion this morning,” she said. “There was a lot of jumping up and down because we made a promise that with this expansion we were going to reduce our dependence on mobiles. So when it left today, there was lots of excitement.”

Rick Goodwin, owner of the moving company, said the 6-ton building actually was easy compared with the churches and houses his company often moves, some of which exceed 100 tons. He also remembered that he had moved it from Iowa City to Our Lady of Victory in 1987.


It’s a little building with many lives.

About two decades after Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Davenport received a 22-by-36-foot classroom from the Iowa City School District to use as a church classroom, the building has been moved again for a whole new life as a classroom for Vineyard Church of Davenport.

The final move concluded today as Goodwin House Movers from Washington, Iowa, moved the structure from Our Lady of Victory on North Division Street to Vineyard, located off Pine Street just north of West Kimberly Road.

Pat Street, pastor of Vineyard, said Our Lady of Victory had undergone some renovations and no longer needed the building and was trying to sell it. Street said eventually his church bought it for $1 from Our Lady of Victory. His church now will use it for classrooms on Sundays and for the youth group on Wednesday nights. First, they will do some touchups inside and get utilities and a heating system hooked up and running.

“We needed the extra classrooms,” he said.

Rick Goodwin, owner of the moving company, said this 6-ton building actually was quite easy compared to the churches and houses they often move, some of which exceed 100 tons.

He said it was about 20 years ago that his company moved the classroom building from Iowa City to Our Lady of Victory in the first place.

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