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Annett Hall gets $900,000 renovation; first major alteration since it opened in mid-70s

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Five-month project should be done this week 

While the La Crosse Center downtown is getting headlines for a remodeling that could cost roughly $42 million, a smaller performance hall in town has gotten its first true makeover, since it opened more than 40 years ago.

A five-month renovation of the Annett Recital Hall on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus will be completed this week.

The $900,000 project is the first major alteration of the recital hall since the building opened in the mid-70s. Downtown, the La Crosse Center is currently in the planning stages of its $42-million renovation. 

The stage has been refinished. There’s also new seating, lighting, along with new sound and video technology.

The hall, which seats around 300 people, is the smaller of the two performance halls off the main lobby – the other being the Toland Theater.

The hall, named after long-time music professor Thomas Annett, hosts many of the music department performances at the university.

The Annett remake was done at the same time that UW-L removed the concrete staircases from the south side of the arts center, which also had been an original part of the building.

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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