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Demolition scheduled Monday for Glory Days bar, ranked on La Crosse’s most endangered buildings list

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The north wall of the Glory Days building after it was damaged in an April, 2022 fire from the restaurant next door (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

A popular La Crosse bar, one of the 10 most endangered buildings in La Crosse, will be demolished Monday.

Glory Days Sports Pub on 4th Street, downtown, is a 90-year-old building that was once the Stokke Oil station and the William Zurn beverage store.

Glory Days Sports Pub on April 5, 2024, days before it’s scheduled to be demolished. The building was damaged in April of 2022 when the India Curry House next door burned down. (PHOTO: Brad Williams)

Glory Days, originally designed by prominent La Crosse architect Otto Merman, was damaged in April of 2022 when the India Curry House next door burned down.

Last year, the city’s Heritage Preservation Commission added Glory Days to its Top 10 list of most endangered historic buildings in La Crosse. That list includes the Hogan and Lincoln school buildings, the J.P. Koller Building on South 4th street and the MacMillan apartments at 7th and Cass streets.

The commission has argued that the building is worth preserving because it was designed by Merman and that it contains a collection of Packers memorabilia, including a signed Wall of Fame.

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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6 Comments

  1. Warren T Zielke

    April 8, 2024 at 7:34 am

    It’s to bad that previous owners did not take better car of the property. I walked that beat and patrolled that area for thirty years. If the building can’t be restored,it should be removed.

  2. Debra Semlar

    April 8, 2024 at 10:31 am

    ???? lots of memories

  3. kathi blanchard

    April 8, 2024 at 5:32 pm

    And yet the old Kmart building sits there with no demolition on the calendar.

  4. Mike O'Flaherty

    April 9, 2024 at 12:25 pm

    THANK GOD!!!

  5. Jacob

    April 9, 2024 at 4:15 pm

    That building is in as rough of shape as the packers are with the bears getting Caleb Williams. It is so over.

  6. Veronica Newburg

    April 9, 2024 at 6:07 pm

    Why is Packer memorabilia a reason to stop demolition? Can’t those things be removed and preserved? The site is an eyesore and probably
    a safety hazard. There is no good reason to keep this burned-out shell standing no matter who designed it and when. I think what is left of Glory Days makes the rest of our beautiful downtown less appealing. It’s not like La Crosse will miss another bar.

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