LAMPASAS, TX — A century-old building in Lampasas may soon have to be torn down after storms caused the roof to cave in.
The building, once known as St. Paul's Independent Methodist Episcopal Church, received serious storm damage. City officials say if the building can't be restored, they will have to tear it down due to safety concerns.
Seeing the building go is one thing Garry Milligan said he hopes won't have to happen. Milligan bought the building in honor of his late mother,
"Once she became ill, she made me promise not to let it go,” Milligan said. "She just loved the church. It was a gathering place for all the neighbors and everyone that was born and raised here in Lampasas. She just loved the idea of keeping the church."
Milligan found out on May 20 that the building had collapsed following storms in Lampasas.
"I cried. I came over here and cried like a baby. It was pretty emotional because I know she loved this church and all the members did," Milligan said.
And while the damage is extensive, he hopes to have the building restored.
"I will never get used to coming across the bridge and it not being here," Milligan said. "We are hoping that we can get enough people together that we can restore it and keep her promise."