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UW-L archivist Laura Godden on La Crosse’s most endangered, most coveted buildings



UW-L archivist Laura Godden in the WIZM studio for La Crosse Talk PM on April 11, 2024.

Laura Godden in the WIZM studio Thursday for La Crosse Talk PM to discuss the upcoming release of the city’s Top 10 most endangered buildings, plus she discusses her most untouchable structures, as well.

La Crosse Talk PM airs weekdays at 5:06 p.m. Listen on the WIZM app, online here, or on 92.3 FM / 1410 AM / 106.7 FM (north of Onalaska). Find all the podcasts here or subscribe to La Crosse Talk PM wherever you get your podcasts.

Godden is an archivist at UW-La Crosse and on the city’s Heritage Preservation Commission. Among the buildings we discuss are two that are very much threatened to get demolished soon — Glory Days Sports Pub, downtown, and the La Crosse School District’s Hogan Administrative Center.

The latter could be part of a $54 million referendum question going on the November ballot, where the district will ask voters to approve the capitol project of demolishing the 104-year-old Hogan building, putting up a new elementary there and updating State Road Elementary with eight new classrooms and a new gym. The other half of that plan would be closing Spence, Hintgen and Emerson elementary schools.  

Godden also discussed some of the incredible history of Longfellow Middle School.

Lastly, we had Godden give her most coveted buildings list — buildings that are basically untouchable in the city, like the Hixon House. 

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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