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La Crosse’s oldest school officially opens as apartment complex



Project to convert Roosevelt, built in 1923, cost $7 million. 

The newest apartment building in north La Crosse is inside one of the city’s oldest schools.

The Roosevelt School Apartments were dedicated with a ribbon cutting Wednesday.

It cost $7 million to convert the indoor school space into one-and-two-bedroom apartments, renting for just under $700 a month.

The ceremony comes three years after students were moved from Roosevelt to the new Northside Elementary School.

North La Crosse council member Andrea Richmond has been credited as a driving force behind preserving Roosevelt.

“If walls could talk, wow would we hear the stories,” she said at the ribbon cutting. 

The new apartment building was dedicated by city, state and even federal dignitaries.

Congressman Ron Kind spoke about his experiences as a student at Roosevelt, originally built in 1923.

“It was just a great place to grow up as a kid,” Kind said.

Gorman and Co. remodeled the classrooms, gym and other parts of the school into 33 affordable apartments.

It’s the 33rd historic rehabilitation project taken on by the Madison company, following the Gund Brewery and Bakalars loft projects in south La Crosse.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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