OCONOMOWOC HIGH SCHOOL

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Project Info:

Oconomowoc High School was completed in 1923 with multiple additions through 1966. The original building was designed by local firm Parkinson & Dockendoff. The idea of "going back to school" has taken on new meaning thanks to a $10.9 million historic renovation. Former students and teachers are now among the residents living in 55 loft-style, affordable apartments that were developed within the historic former school. Developer Callan L. Schultz, owner of Keystone Development, LLC, of Oshkosh, said that in 2011, his firm wanted to develop new affordable housing in Oconomowoc and wasn’t thinking about rehabbing an historic building. But the city suggested the former school, which had been vacant since 2008 after a new one was built to take its place. "The developer was approached by not only former students but by former teachers who were seeking to rent there, and to specifically rent their former classrooms," said Allen F. Johnson, director of MacRostie Historic Advisors LLC’s.

Press

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Saving Places

Project Team:

  • DEVELOPMENT TEAM DEVELOPER

Keystone Development, LLC, Oshkosh, WI

  • CO-DEVELOPER

Alliance Housing Development, LLC, Oshkosh, WI

  • ARCHITECT

Excel Engineering, Inc, Fond du Lac, WI

  • GENERAL CONTRACTOR

Northcentral Construction Corp., Fond du Lac, WI