IntroductionRob Vander Giessen-Reitsma

The Murray J. Huss Elementary School has been a prominent feature on the Three Rivers landscape for nearly a century. The school has contributed greatly to Three Rivers development, serving as an educational center for both young and old. Huss School has served as a gathering site for the neighborhood throughout the area’s history, and those connected with the school have encouraged the creation of such a community.

Throughout the history of Three Rivers, the area near the intersection of Broadway and 8th Street has always held a place focusing on the needs of the surrounding community, be it a burial place, educational facility (for young and old), or activity center. Transforming the school building into a community center would continue the established tradition of the Huss site, as a place responding to the neighborhood’s needs.