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Historical brewery arch in pieces, needs to move for treatment plant expansion



An old brewery arch needs a new home.

A La Crosse city committee will consider today what to do with the remnants of what appears to be a stone arch from part of the former Michel Brewery.

There’s some uncertainty in city hall about when the arch chunks were dumped at the plant. At least a dozen years. Probably far longer than that. Most of Michel Brewery came down in the mid 90s.

Michel Brewery was demolished in the mid-1990s.

Former council member John Satory says the idea for saving the arch originally was to have the it reconstructed and placed in some sort of historical context or in a park.

“Hopefully they can put it on a side of a building somewhere and leave it alone until they have an idea what to do with it,” Satory said. “Just as long as they don’t throw it away.”

There’s clearly some disagreement about the arch origin with some believing it to be from one of the building of the Gund Brewery instead.

City water utility manager Bernie Lenz says the remnants of the arch will have to get moved to make way for a wastewater treatment plant expansion expected in 2020.

The city’s board of public works is set to decide what to do with arch pieces at a meeting today.

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  1. Randy J Hubert

    November 13, 2018 at 1:58 am

    I have pictures of the arch and the building. I worked for Dahl’s when they had the building demolished. Harry Dahl had the arch saved at the time I thought by the historical society. It would be a shame not to preserve it.

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